My wife called me at work today to tell me she was watching 1 of my 4 hives swarming and they were in a nearby tree. I immediately left work to get home. Sure enough the swarm stayed in a small tree very close to a nuc I have had sitting in the yard for just an occasion. I placed the swarm in the nuc but there was so many bees I thought I should use a regular brood box. I placed 8 new non-drawn brood frames and 2 old non-drawn frames in the box with the bees, put on sugar water and closed it up. Then I thought about drawn frames and brood. So I took 2 frames of brood out of the box that swarmed and replaced with new frames and placed the brood frames with the swarm.
Was this the right way to do it? I have only single brood boxes and wonder if I have taken too much away from the old box. There must have been a bunch of bees in that 1 box because there still was a bunch after swarming. Hopefully the swarm will take to the new box. Is there anyway to ensure this? The new box is only 30 feet from the old box. Here are some pics.
I was going to buy 2 more nucs in a few weeks so I only need 1 if this works out.