I've got 6 bee packages coming this Saturday. The current weather prediction for that day is a high of 39F, 80% chance of snow, and a 10 MPH wind. The next day, Sunday, will be 51F, sunny and 5MPH wind. The packages will be assembled on Thursday, and will be 3 days old at the time of pick-up.
Last year, I had similar weather conditions, and held the packages in my basement for a few days while the weather cleared:
But, I think it is better to install packages ASAP, and don't want to unnecessarily postpone the process. Plus, I know many beeks in my area did do their installs last year in the cold and pissy weather with no problems.
Can anyone provide information on the hard line cut-off temperature for installing bee packages? This assuming I keep the bees dry during the process. In other words, what is the absolute lowest temp at which a bee package can be dumped into their new home? Put another way, at what temperature do the bees have a better chance of survival if they are stored in a cool dark basement with access to a feed jar vs. being transferred into a new hive onto new foundation?