Re: new swarm in wood barrel
Why not just ask your experienced beekeeper neighbor on what course of action to take for
these bees? An old barrel with leaking roof needs a new home for them. Winter rains will be a big issue otherwise.
I would give them a new home if these were my bees. Easier to inspect and make splits for swarm control in case you want to keep these bees. I'm sure your neighbor will be happy to help you along attaching these comb on the frames. One thing about watching your bees at night with a
flashlight. They are attracted to the light source so make sure you or whoever is suited up properly. Don't want them to
nail anyone in the eye ball. Reminded me of an eye pic here some years ago. I'm a night time beekeeper for a few seasons so very familiar with how the bees behaved at night time. Get them settle down preparing for this winter as we still have some time.
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?