Does a cool wet spring (which we have had) affect the expansion of a split hive or the recovery of a hive that has made it through the winter? I made a split May 16th. Bought a queen and put her in the brood comb of the split. She was out and active 11 days later when I checked for the first time. She is still alive as of June 12 but there are very few bees active in the hive. How long can they live without expanding the hive? I am feeding 1-1 sugar water and they are using it or it is being robbed. Not sure which. Weather was in low to mid 40'sF until noon and didn't get above 55 until after noon most days. Bees in both splits were totally inactive until it hit 55 each day.