I made the (brilliantly inspired) move to give the guys small jars of honey yesterday so they are working really hard to finish the back now so I can let the bees out as soon as possible. When I told them I was worried they said they would hurry so I can let them out
Amazing what you can get for a little bit of sweetness!
I don't have any pollen to feed, but i know there is heaps of it around, so hopefully they will be able to catch up. I have some syrup ready to go which I plan to put on top of them as soon as I release them. I didn't want to have them crossing their legs tight with too much food and not enough flight!
Hopefully this won't set them back too much and they will be ok. Poor things! But now they do have a nice wind block behind them and protection from the sidewalk.
Thanks everybody! You've made me feel much calmer.