Well, got the package this A.M.; then installed around noon.
Temp then: 52F
Temp now/4:42P: 50F
Temp 2night: 43F
About 3 dozen left in shipping cage at noon, and now just 6-10.
Still outside the hive around 2 dozen total.
The bees that are visible outside the hive are beyond lethargic, from th cold I assume.
Left the queen excluder on. Put the inner cover over that.
Have zip loc bag of sugar water on the inner cover. No bees in sight feeding.
Rained just before installation. I hope the bees are rehydrating themselves.
I fear for their welfare with this cold.
Is there anything more I can do for them?
PS: I have an electric heating mat for seed germination I could slip under the brood box, but I don’t dare use it with rain forecast. Has anyone used this piece of equipment?