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Overnight Bees, Quick Help Needed

 
Danny Smithers
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Location: Florissant, CO
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So I introduced a bee package (I know there are differing opinions on whether or not packages are good practice, but I would like to focus on the situation as opposed to the philosophical debate) to my top bar hive a couple weeks back and then we got pummeled by a week of snow, rain and freezing temps. Had I been able to postpone my bee arrival, I would have, but it was reserved back in February. That initial package couldn't handle the conditions without being established and expired after building some comb. So I overnight-ed another package of bees but they arrived too late for installment this evening and I am keeping them inside tonight. They do not have a feeder because UPS doesn't allow them and I am spraying them with sugar water 1:1 ratio in the meantime and will be installing them the first thing tomorrow morning. I just want to know if I can overspray them, and if they do not have a feeder, how often I should spray them. Any help is appreciated. I want these bees to be very happy!
 
Patrick Mann
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Isn't there any syrup left in their can? They should be able to survive on that for a day without problems. I'd worry about having them wet and consequently cold.
 
Danny Smithers
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They did not come with a feeder, that is my quandary. UPS doesn't allow feeders. So I'm trying to figure out how often to spray them. They will be installed with feeders in the morning, but I'm not sure about how to keep them happy tonight with a 1:1 spray.
 
Kelly Smith
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Hi Danny,

how did the bees do overnight?
have you gotten a chance to put them in their new hive yet today?

i am curious about a few things:
where did you get your bees from?
what kind of top bar hive are you using?
are the bees under any sort of bee hut or anything?


hope all if well.
 
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