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Caught a swarm! Need advice!

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I caught a large swarm this morning. I shook them into a 10 frame deep. Almost all the Bees are in the Hive except all the bees that are doing what look like orientation flights around the hive.

Should I wait for evening to pick them up and move them when most of the Bees will be in the hive? Or does it not matter if the hundred or so flighers get left behind?

And I assume I should feed them when I get them in their final spot?
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I would cut a piece of plastic queen excluder to fit across the entrance, and staple it in place. I had a swarm abscond the day after I hived them. It will not happen with the excluder place. Live it there about a week, then take it off and reduce the entrance.
 
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