What’s the minimum amount of bee’s that can get a colony going?
Let me explain further, I bought 2 bee packages but when I picked them up %95 of the bees were dead, the queen was alive thou along with a handful of bees. (long story but the bees were in transit for far too long when I picked them up from the seller, I got my money back sad for the bees thou..)
My other hives are over an hour away and I am busy with work so I unable to get some bees and brood from other hives to help boost them up.
I placed the around 500-1000 bees along with the queen in a nuc box, I gave them a frame feeder full of sugar syrup and some feederbee patties for protein.
My question out of interest will this limited number of bees start up a colony or will they dwindle off and day?
The cold weather has not been on my side though..18.c during the day in Melbourne..