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FloridaGardener:
I bid low on this, it was close to home and looked easy.  Went smoothly...
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I patched those neat little discs sequentially into frames with rubber bands and toothpicks...Perfect order, perfectly straight little nest. 

But I was short on one important element in the new hive setup -
A queen excluder under the hive body. 

  :embarassed:
THAT is not going to happen again. 

Was chatting with another beek, same thing happened when he hived a caught swarm.  Misery loves company, as the saying goes, so I thought I should post it here.  *sigh*

BeeMaster2:
Good job.
Since you have brood, there is a good chance they will not leave.
Swarms that are put in a box need the queen excluder to keep them in for a couple of days.
Jim Altmiller

FloridaGardener:
Aww, Jim, that was the surprise.  Gone.  They did leave.  From now on I'm using the excluder, even if they have brood!
 :oops:

The brood was trimmed off the roof, and hived in my apiary in about 90 minutes.  It's wasn't chilled, it was 75-80 degrees out.

iddee:
Sorry, Jim, but a cutout will leave brood often. It happens too often to be comfortable with leaving her loose.

Ben Framed:
I do not know if it is the right thing to do or not, but I learned from Schawee and JP to leave the queen in the clip inside the new cutout for a time of settling in before releasing her. This has worked well for me. I have not used the excluder for this purpose,,,,, (yet).

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