Well, it went ok. Got my two packages hived this evening. Of course, I'd do things differenly next time.
One of the straps broke in half on a queen cages, so I didn't get it hung down as far between the frames as I would like. I'm going to go in Sunday evening, if it isn't raining, and release her to get the frames pushed together. As it is, it is the top of the box is keeping two frames about an inch apart.
As Michael says, you don't have to worry about being too gentle with the bees, whack the box to get them down in the package and then pour them out. I didn't do very well on the first one. As of sunset, the last of the bees still weren't coming out of the cages, so I whack and dumped them in front of the hives. I do hope they all went in.
Couldn't get my smoker to lit, so I'll play with it these next few days for practice.
Didn't get stung, did get them in the hives, got the feeders on them (but I'll top them off tomorrow when it warms up a bit). The packages were put together today, which I think is nice.
One dog is off being bred and the other wants to investigate. We'll she how she does tomorrow with the bees. Russells do not like to take 'no' as an answer to their investigations. They are smart though, so I sting or two and they will learn. The kennel goes up later on this spring.