Package Bee fatalities

So my order of package bees from Mann Lake arrived 24 hrs ago with over 2” dead bees at bottom. I contacted customer service with photos and haven’t heard from them yet. The shipment was delayed by a day so they are likely needing to get out of the box soon. What should I do with the weak starter bees left?

Sell Queen to someone nearby?
(Still in Queen cage)

Release them and see what happens?

Keep them in shipping container?


They won’t want them back. I would just install them anyway, and wait for the reply. They are usually pretty fast in responding

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Sad to hear…feed them with a feeder or baggie inside the hive & provide water close to or at the entrance to help them recover. Hope they do okay :slightly_smiling_face:

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