Hiving a package in cold temperatures - suggestions?
Tomorrow (Saturday) is package pickup day for me. I will be getting 6 packages in the afternoon, which is the earliest they are available The packages will have originated in California and will be picked up north of Denver.
Saturday's weather is snow/rain with a high of 42F.
Sunday's weather is snow/rain with a high of 42F.
Monday's weather is sunny with a high of 49F.
I am thinking I have no choice but to install the packages in this cool wet weather. However, it seems that the bees won't be mobile at these temperatures, and whether I do the traditional "shake-em-all-in" or the new age touchy feely "place-the-queen-and-let-the-bees-march-in-on-their-own", will each leave clumps of bees stranded and chilled.
Anyone have any suggestions for hiving a package in cool, wet weather?
Last edited by shinbone; 04-29-2016 at 02:20 PM.
(1975-1980, and now since 2011; maintain about 10 hives; Zone 5b; 15" rain; 5500')