Hi. I’m looking for some advice about how long to wait before moving a swarm from a nuc/trap into a more permanent hive. Their current box contains 7 frames, most with wax foundation starter strips. The swarm moved into the box about a week ago and as far as I can tell, they seem pretty happy. I don’t want to disturb them too early in case they abscond.
I’ve read that they’re easier to transfer when they have drawn out the frames. How long do you think that would take?
I’ve also read it’s best to wait until they start raising brood so they are more ‘anchored’ to the location? Again, I’m unsure how quickly a swarm queen will start laying.
I’m also wondering if I should have them AFB inspected and treat them for varroa before moving them into the new hive. Apparently you can get a good knockdown on the varroa if they’re treated ASAP before they start raising brood (which may already be underway?)? I have some Bayvarol strips so I’m wondering if I need to get those into the nuc. I’m not sure how the strips go if the bees haven’t drawn a lot of comb for the strips to hang between though.
Any advice about the timing of all of these things would be very helpful and appreciated.