There are some few obvious drawbacks ... like getting soaking wet, getting the bees soaking wet, drowning bees, etc. Of course there is rain and there is rain. Is there an absolute need? Why not just wait? If for some reason it can't, I'd put up a canopy over them first.Is it ok to check them in the rain? Is there any draw backs?
Do what you have to do when you can, not when you want to. Up to a point. All the bees will be home. So you better be ready and able to take stings.Is it ok to check them in the rain? Is there any draw backs?
I tried to today to release the queen. But I had trouble. The queen cage fell to the bottom. I really couldn't literally see to get to the cage so I am gonna wait until later today/evening to try.Did you release the queen you got the other day? if so maybe just let them do their thing for a while.
and yea.. when it rains, everyone is home and grumpy about it.
I tried doing that moving some frames to an empty box. It didnt make a difference. It was still like I didn't do anything. I'll try about 1 hour before sunset. If the queen inst released then I will release her. Or better yet she is released by the bees.waiting until later will just have more bees home from foraging. do you have a spare box you can move some frames out of the main hive for a minute so you can get to the cage better?