I've nabbed a swarm (which I think swarmed from a hived swarm I got in March) 3-4 days ago. The deep is perched in a small persimmon tree in my front yard, and about 75' from where my 4 actual hives are located.
When I last caught a swarm, I merely placed the frames -- a week later -- into a deep and moved the deep the 20' over to the hives stand. Everything was sweetness and light, except for maybe 30-40 foragers that insisted on hanging around where the trap'd originally been. There was no absconding or mass exodus.
I've read, and been told, such a move is risky and that I should move the "swarm trap/deep" no more than 2 feet from where it had been initially placed, or I should move it at least 2 miles away for a week or so, then put it wherever I want it.
I'm in a clumsy situation re: moving the deep a distance (no need to go into specifics), so: should I be concerned about the 2'-2 mile instruction? I'd really like to just go out pre-dawn, seal the entrance and tote the deep-trap to the hives stand, then open the entrance.
I'd like to know if this would be a dumb move, or worth the risk (if there is a risk) or options, experiences, etc. I'd be unpleased if -- doing it my way -- The Girls would just skedaddle back to the persimmon tree! Thx much .....