I caught a swarm and installed it into a new hive at my friends' house. Acting on bad advice (against my better judgement), I did not feed them sugar water as I normally do since the crab apples were in bloom on the property. We had a sudden cold snap with snow and rain for about a week. I returned to do my first hive inspection and found them clung together in two separate clumps, motionless. I opened everything up and dumped everyone onto the bottom board in the sun. They started to twitch but I thought they were still in the process of dying so I gathered them up and offered them to the river trout. It was really heartbreaking. I wonder if I had given them sugar water and another week if they would have returned to life. Anyone have experience with this? I still feel bad and it has been over a month. It never is easy losing a hive. Thanks!