Hi All, I'm a newbee and I picked up my first three packages from Koenen and Sons, Inc. this morning (5-7-11). I'm starting out with langstroth hives. I was planning to put the packages in the hive this evening, thinking that the queen and bees were probably boxed up a few days ago. I forgot to ask when the bees were shaken...dumb. The packages came with instructions that said to wait at least 48 hours prior to putting the ladies in the hive. However, their website indicates that they usually package the bees that are picked up on site 1-2 days prior to the pickup date. I'd like to get them in the hive ASAP, so that they can start being productive, but I don't want to risk losing the queen having bees move into an alternate hive. Do I need to wait the 48 hours? or will the bees accept the queen by tomorrow night? I've decided to wait at least until then. Thanks for your input.