Three weeks ago, I order some supers after noticing some cool weather bearding - I knew it was getting close and (ugh) placed a empty super in the hive to give them some elbow room JUST to delay the inevitable. It worked, even though it took weeks to get the supers here.
Thursday, the supers arrived, but so did Geoff from Australia - so the bees could wait, I had me a member get together and that is worth a hundred loss swarms! Geoff wanted to help me get the hive ready, but we had a day trip to NYC and 2 really crappy days, so today would be the day to do the job and timing is everything - I came home and the swarm was in the small tree in my front yard.
The hive bodies were pre-assembled, as were the frames - I just had to add the all wax (vertical prewired) and properly installed the foundation, got a kitchen chair and used my small branch cutter, putting one handle on my sholder and pried it down while holding on the branch. It cut clean and I carried every bee in one trip right to the new hive. Afew stragglers (probably scouts) were flying around the tree after a bit, but they have found their way home
Here is the swarm from a few angles, I haven't had one in a while so taking pics was a must.