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Hi, no luck with searching so here goes.. i collected and boxed a medium sized prime swarm on Thursday evening and the weather made a nasty turn the morning after. 2 days of non foragable weather followed . Tomorrow and the days after look borderline at around 11C (50F).

My question is can they survive without feeding, and for how long?
 

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Hi Charlie - British weather - yeah, tell me about it ... it's not much better on this side of The Wash (Boston).

A swarm carries with it a supply of honey, of course - so much depends on whether they've been housed on bare frames or drawn comb. If they've already spent some of that resource drawing comb (Thurs through to now - Saturday morning) then yes, they could be running low. As a 'belt and braces' measure I'd be inclined to give them some Baker's Fondant if you have any - if not, some dampened granulated sugar. How you're going to get it to them will depend on your hive set-up - you may need to be somewhat creative in this respect. :) Assuming a National hive, then directly over the frame top-bars (on top of a thin plastic sheet) is favourite, with a shim between the brood box and Crown Board.

This was what I woke up to this morning:



Luckily I only have one very small nuc on site at the moment, and that's on top of a full-sized hive for warmth - all the rest are large enough to look after themselves.
'best,
LJ
 

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Thanks LJ, they were housed in a nuc I was using as a bait hive so there was only a little bit of comb in there, not lots. Guess I’ll have to pop the lid and give them a little food although I don’t like to disturb a new swarm. next time I’ll double check the weather before I prepare the box. I’ve never known a swarm to have such poor timing !

Hope the weather improves for you too 🙂
 

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next time I’ll double check the weather before I prepare the box. I’ve never known a swarm to have such poor timing !
Better for them to face the bad weather in your box than hanging on a tree limb. You did them a favor....regardless of how it works out.
 
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