Starting new colonies from packages this late in the season, this far south is a recipe for shb disaster. shb are at their peak populations about now and are drawn to the weakest hives. A new package is about as weak a colony of bees as one can find. I have experienced this as recently as last year. I knew going in that starting colonies in late summer from packages was going to be a problem but had committments that required the attempt. Of the 40 hives started in Perry, Ga on cotton flow only about half survived. And those only made it because we pulled them out after about a month. The main culprit? SHB.
Start them again in early spring. By this late in the season they'll be better able to fend off the shb onslaught.
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