Nucs in the mail... how long ok?
I have two nucs that got shipped out to me today in the U.S. mail, coming from the South.
I was told today that the Post Office no longer ships Priority mail or airmail for bees, so my nucs will be coming via ground/truck (parcel post?) and they have an estimated delivery date of one week from today. Last year they came via airmail and got to me the day after they were shipped out, and were fine.
Are my chances of getting my bees in good shape and alive still ok even though it may take a WEEK for them to get delivered to me? Can someone give me any input or reassurances?
They are insured, but I'm still wondering if it's likely they'll arrive ok after such a long journey. They are deep 5 frame nucs.
I don't think I'll need to worry about excessive heat or cold- at least the weather seems ok.
The little bee returns with evening's gloom,
To join her comrades in the braided hive... -Tennyson