Need Bees Removed?
International
Beekeeping Forums
July 26, 2014, 01:17:19 PM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
News: 24/7 Ventrilo Voice chat -click for instructions and free software here
 
   Home   Help Search Calendar bee removal Login Register Chat(1)  

Pages: [1]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: Weather Problems - When Should I Install the Bees?  (Read 760 times)
flibby
New Bee
*
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 6


Location: Alabama


« on: April 06, 2009, 09:39:15 AM »

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.
Logged
Two Bees
Field Bee
***
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 614


Location: Central NC


« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2009, 09:46:46 AM »

Do they have plenty of syrup in the feeder can?
Logged

"Don't know what I'd do without that boy......but I'm sure willin' to give it a try!"
J.D. Clampett commenting about Jethro Bodine.
JP
The Swarm King
Universal Bee
*******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 11668


Location: Metairie, Louisiana

I like doing cut-outs, but I love catching swarms!


WWW
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2009, 09:51:39 AM »

Bring them inside the house with you. They may have enough syrup to get them by but you could brush some sugar water on the screen.

The queen should be ok, she has attendants caring for her. Keep them in a dark place but out of the cold.


...JP
Logged

"Good friends are as sweet as honey" Winne the Pooh

My pictures can be viewed at http://picasaweb.google.com/pyxicephalus
and
http://picasaweb.google.com/112138792165178452970

My Youtube videos can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=JPthebeeman&aq=f

My website JPthebeeman.com http://www.jpthebeeman.com/jpthebeeman/
alflyguy
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 59

Location: Talladega, AL


« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2009, 10:10:59 AM »

I feel your pain. I'm expecting two more packages tomorrow. I'm in Talladega and we are expecting below freezing temps tonight and tomorrow night. I think my new bees will spend the night in the house. I'm sure my wife will love that!!!!
Logged
Two Bees
Field Bee
***
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 614


Location: Central NC


« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2009, 02:40:01 PM »

Spray the 1:1 syrup mix onto your packages!  DO NOT brush it on because the brush can damage the proboscis (tongue)!
Logged

"Don't know what I'd do without that boy......but I'm sure willin' to give it a try!"
J.D. Clampett commenting about Jethro Bodine.
garys520
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 71

Location: Waterford, Connecticut


« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2009, 06:31:38 PM »

Had the same problem with the weather here in Connecticut.  Picked up my new packages at 8am and then the sky opened up.   Was able to install two new hives in between the downpours.   One of our local members help package the bees so I know that they were only in their shipping cages for only 30 hours, but the sugar syrup was 3/4 gone.  The girls must have been hungry.
Logged
Michael Bush
Universal Bee
*******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 13574


Location: Nehawka, NE


WWW
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2009, 07:04:41 PM »

Put them in a dark, quiet basement if you can.  Make sure they don't run out of food.  Either spray some syrup on the sides everyday or refill the can.  This can be tricky depending on how it's set up.  You can keep them this way for a week or more.
Logged

Michael Bush
My website:  bushfarms.com/bees.htm
My book:  ThePracticalBeekeeper.com
-------------------
"Everything works if you let it."--Rick Nielsen
Pages: [1]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Beemaster's Beekeeping Ring
Previous | Home | Join | Random | Next
Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.19 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines | Sitemap Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
Page created in 0.143 seconds with 21 queries.

Google visited last this page July 20, 2014, 09:53:53 PM