watched the YouTube, could be a small swarm, when in doubt open it and look.
well the answer is it depends.....Thanks everyone for your input, yesterday afternoon soon after I made this post all of the bees just disappeared not a single one even curiously scouting it out. I popped the top and no sign there was ever any bees. Slightly disappointed I checked our other traps this morning, low and behold the next closest one was packed and carrying pollen! So two questions:
1st Do I need to let them settle into there new home since its only been a day or two since they moved in?
2nd I read somewhere if your moving a short distance to your hive you should take the swarm a few miles away for a few days before moving to the hive otherwise they will just go back to the place where the swarm trap was. (in this case ~1000')
Thank you all for your help!
Thanks GG will let you know how it goes!well the answer is it depends.....
Do you have frames in the trap, if yes then time is your friend, if no then you need to cut out what they make or at some point the trap is filled with comb.
moving,, 3 feet or 3 miles is the jargon I recall. So 1000 feet is not going to work well, the field bees will go back to the old location.
When I have that project , I find a place > 3 miles, for me a different yard , a friend, a relative, etc. Take them there for 3 weeks, can work them and or re hive them there. then take them to the final location later.
I would get them moved asap and put a new trap up there, Or put a new trap up neer there. Often there can be secondary swarms, as early as it is those also would be fine.