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« on: April 28, 2006, 04:19:36 PM »

I picked up my package from the post office today, and it is supposed to rain until monday-tuesday...  Also kinda chilly, should I find a place to do an install in relative calm or should i hold out for 3-4 days?
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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2006, 04:33:37 PM »

Do job under rain  shelter  but outdoors that bees may fly and return to they hive.

Open the bee box that opening is fasing up.

Put your hive over the bees and let them rise themselves up onto foundations.

When they are all in, put hive on it's final site.

Give them syrup 1:1 sugar : water

It is important that they waste no time waiting 3-4 days but they may start at once  to build combs.
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2006, 05:04:26 PM »

Is it a really light rain, do you think it would be doable without cover?
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2006, 05:07:45 PM »

Use at least sun umbrella if you do not have nothing else. And it is not good either you work under rain.
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2006, 07:18:40 PM »

Make sure they are fed, and keep them in the basement where it's cool and quite and you can keep them a few days.
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2006, 07:38:24 PM »

well i dont have a lot of bee experience but i do have enough weather experience to know that holding them for a few days because the weather guy on TV says it will be sunny and warmer in a few days is gambling.
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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2006, 12:41:13 PM »

Personallyl, I would hive them in a 50 F drizzle.  but I wouldn't hive them on a 35 F day or a pouring down rain.
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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2006, 01:42:59 PM »

I hived them, but it is supposed to rain and storm for the entire next week or more.  I wish the people I ordered from would have checked the weather....
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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2006, 10:42:43 PM »

As long as they have a feeder of syrup they will be fine in the rain.   It may actuall help them get organized and settled in.
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« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2006, 01:28:22 AM »

Would you reccomend some pollen substitute as well?
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« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2006, 12:23:28 PM »

This time of year pollen substitute is a waste of effort.  The bees won't take it because it's inferior to real pollen and there is real pollen available.
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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2006, 12:40:31 PM »

Quote from: ctsoth
Would you reccomend some pollen substitute as well?



pollen substitute is feed for early spring build up of your hive's when there is no pollin coming in to the hive yet to give your hive a population head start in the spring...
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