Hello! I am new to this forum and have posted a similar post under the introductions. I am due to receive two packages of bees tomorrow--but it is snowing outside and is scheduled to snow/rain for the next 5 days at least with temperatures not getting above 45 degrees. I have built two Warre hives that I hope will provide a lot of insulation while allowing for good ventilation. I am struggling with what to do. I can install them in the hive and then keep them in a warmer greenhouse environment, but that requires that I then move the hive to its outdoor location later. The other choice of course is to put them in their hives outdoors and hope they survive the cold. They are Carnelians so I hope that is to my benefit. I have read various things about feeding just white table sugar on top of the top bars when it is too cold for syrup. But I have also built a bottom feeder that I thought I could add sugar syrup in case they take that instead. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to introduce them, to do as much as I can to help them survive, and what would be the best feed?
Thanks, I am very excited about this post and reading more about all of your experiences!