Re: Suggestions on package failures?
This is what I was taught and is working reliably for me: Remove 4 frames from the box you are introducing the bees into, dump all of the bees into the "hole" where the frames were removed, rap, smack and shake the package until all of the bees are out and in the hive. Carefully replace the frames that you removed and place the queen cage a little off-center (like between frame #3 and #4) and close up the hive. Add a feeder over the inner cover hole. Reduce the bottom entrance to 1" wide, close all upper entrances. A couple of things that I do a little differently from what you read in books: I hang the queen cage from a small nail driven into the side of a frame top bar rather than squeezing the cage between two frames. Also, I wait at least 5 days and sometimes up to 7 days to release the queen (my queen cages do not come with a candy plug, just a cork).
Keep experimenting! You will find a way that works for you, it may be different from what others are doing but who cares if it works!
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