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When to move captured bees from nuc to 10 frame hive?

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I captured a small swarm no bigger than the slow-pitch softballs in a 5 frame nuc. They almost cover two frames. How long should I keep them there until I move them into a 10 frame hive? I have some drawn comb for them when I make the switch to the 10 frame hive which should help them along but I'm not sure how long to keep them in the nuc.
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I agree, wait till they get most of the 5 frames filled out. I had a small softball swarm like that I caught last week of July last year they went gang-busters and put on 50lbs of honey in sept/oct...outstanding queen. Good luck
 

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I had a small softball swarm like that I caught last week of July last year they went gang-busters and put on 50lbs of honey in sept/oct...outstanding queen. Good luck
Same here. Caught a small softball size early last year. They just took off. Made a good surplus. These are also my best coming out of winter. Love me some ferals.
 
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