Hey there! I'm a new beekeeper, and I just got my first colony today in the form of package bees. Now the weather is making me nervous about when to install them. They were shipped on Saturday, so they've been in the box for two days.
All of a sudden a cold front is coming through and it's going to be below freezing tonight and tomorrow night, the high is in the 50s (F) today and the 40s tomorrow. Wednesday should be good, so Wednesday at about 5pm is probably the first opportunity I'll have to install them. What would you do?
Also, how can I be sure to keep them alive inside that cage for three more days? I know I should spray or brush sugar syrup on them, right? Will the queen be okay in her little cage?
Thank you so much. I'm new at this and I want my bees to thrive. I hate the weather sometimes.