Re: Bearding On Swarm Trap
Big swarm, little box? Sounds like they need a bigger place to call home.
Given tthe urgency, I would put them in a 10 frame with several drawn combs and a queen excluder UNDER the bottom box and above the bottom board. Tranfer the bees and leave the trap there for several days if possible. Make sure the queen cannot get back out, no upper entrance. Then screen the opening and take them home.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.