We installed a new package last Saturday evening. Same day of pickup. There was still a lot of sugar water in the can it came with, so we put that on a top feeder that filled it about half way. We didn’t check on them again until Tuesday midday because it was super cold, rainy, and windy.
Feeder was empty. Now I’m freaking out because I’m afraid they may have starved! I don’t know why I thought that amount of sugar water was sufficient. But, it’s been in the 40s and too cold to open the hive. Refilled with about a quart of sugar water yesterday. Checked this morning and it was empty. Refilled with about 1.5qt to the brim again. But there’s no activity outside the box. Now waiting until the temp gets to at least 60 degrees to open the hive, but really nervous that most have died.
This is our 2nd year and not sure what to do when I find whatever I find after getting into the hive.