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I just put a package of bees with a laying queen (in cage) yesterday and they started the initial orientation flights and filled the hive. Now we got four days of nothing but rain. I have a feeder in the hive in a feeder compartment and they are using it. Question is: will this rainy weather possibly cause failure for them to build new comb and get the queen free and laying? Your professional experiences please. I am a nervous wreck about the possibility of losing them.
 

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All I know is that bees have dealt with rain for a long time. I wouldn't worry about that. I am no professional, but if you want to go in and release your queen tomorrow or the next day, if they haven't released her themselves, that should be fine.

If you want to do yourself a favor quit worrying about the rain and study IPM. They are much greater risk from pests than rain.
 
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