Re: What to do after a swarm?
Susanna, there is a possibility based on the info provided that you failed to capture the swarm queen, or that she was killed in the process. If that is the case, the swarm bees may go back to the original hive. If you know the queen is in there, try turning the swam hive so that it faces the opposite direction. I have hived several of my own swarms in the same yard as they came from and not yet witnessed what you are describing, but I always put the swarm on a different stand.
Time for an old time beek to jump in, right Vance?
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.