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Offline whiteflyer

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cold install of package?
« on: March 23, 2009, 01:16:40 PM »
I'm in VA. temps in 50s day 30s night. installed package sunday. worried about bee cluster around new gueen. what can I expect? what should I do? wm

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Re: cold install of package?
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2009, 02:21:27 PM »
My wife and I always seem to be installing our girls on overcast or rainy days when it's raw and colder than 50 degrees. Never had a problem so I'd bet yours will be fine as long as you gave them something to eat. It's probably nice and toasty inside the hive.
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Re: cold install of package?
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2009, 04:07:06 PM »
When I installed it went down to 38 that night.  I warmed my sugar water to around 90 degrees.  I feed inside with quail waters.  Don't know if that is right or wrong, but I think they liked the warmth.  I put the queen near the feeder also.

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Re: cold install of package?
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2009, 04:29:37 PM »
placing newspaper over area where queen is caged helps, wrapping it around the frame edges where the bees stop clustering (surrounding them a little bit). Also, reduce openings. They should be fine.
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Re: cold install of package?
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2009, 09:02:56 PM »
How did you get a package so quick and from who?

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Re: cold install of package?
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2009, 10:09:15 PM »
Thanks for the replies. Bees came out of GA thur my local supplier. He received 100 packages. more coming on april 2.

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Re: cold install of package?
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2009, 09:46:02 PM »
We all got ours March 7 and March 15 in GA. 
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Re: cold install of package?
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2009, 06:52:25 PM »
Thanks for the replies. Bees came out of GA thur my local supplier. He received 100 packages. more coming on april 2.

Hey is that a J3 cub. ??? I flew a J3 clipped wing,     sweetest plane I ever flew. almost aeorbatic. well sorta you know. LOL Welll  thats not totally true I flew a stinson beaver with floats, that was a nice unit as well. lands on a dime. doesn't do cross winds all that well but still nice. Dad always like them stinson's , I was more a piper man myself.
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Re: cold install of package?
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2009, 11:13:27 PM »
MustbeeNuts, Yes its a J3. 1946. My brother and I restored it 2 years ago. C85 power. also finished second cub in 08. 1946 with C65. WM