When Should I Install My Packages?

As exciting as it is to get your package bees installed, it may not always be best to install them as soon as you get them. On Monday morning, the bees will be removed from their mother hives down in Georgia.  By 1:00 PM they will be in transit to their new homes here in your apiaries.  They will travel through the night and will be ready for pickup less than 24 hours later.  

Allowing your bees to acclimate to their new queen's pheromones by waiting an extra day might not be a bad idea, especially if the weather is not ideal on the day you pick up your packages.

Spraying 1:1 sugar syrup twice per day on the screen will go a long way in keeping them nourished while in their packages.  (You can't always count on the syrup cans in the packages.) This extra time will help a lot with queen acceptance.

Since the weather will most likely be pretty warm, you don't need to consider that as a prohibitive factor.  It's just something to think about regarding better queen acceptance and your schedule.  If for some reason installing on Wednesday would be better for you, it might also be better for your package bees!