Hello everyone! I am writing to introduce myself to the forum. I am new to beekeeping, am about to install my first two packages. We have built two Warre style top bar hives that I hope will be good for our harsh climate. I look forward to reading past posts and about the various methods you prefer. Unfortunately, after our gorgeous 65 degree weather last week, it is snowing heavily now. Not good as my bees are scheduled to arrive tomorrow
! I will try to find a more appropriate thread for my questions regarding --what on earth should I do?! But any ideas are greatly appreciated. So far I have decided to feed dry granulated sugar on top of the top bars ot Fondant if I can find it), and an upside down mason jar with sugar syrup in the hive in hopes they feed on one or the other --but am afraid that syrup is not the way to go in such cold weather. We also have the option of installing them in the hives but then placing the hives in a sunroom/greenhouse (~50F) until it warms enough to move the hive to it's preferred outdoor location. Not ideal to disturb the hive I know....but the other option of putting them in place and hoping they stay warm enough, well fed and well watered is a bit daunting. Would love to hear if any of you live in a similar climate and have experienced similar weather issues when introducing new packages.
Thanks so much!