I know we should be there but cant. We dont have options. Like most up here in the north, i have used dry sugar here. I just dont know if it will work in the south. What I was hoping for was a reply by someone that has tried it with success or failure. Top feeders will hold about 25#. Water is not a problem. They will have plenty of time to build up.If they need feeding I suggest that you be there. Syrup is the way to go since they would build up faster with the pollen that will be coming shortly if it isn't already. Once they begin collecting pollen they need a good source of carbs or they will starve and you shipping them there would have been a waste.