Re: 2 LBS or 3 LBS for Packaged Bees?
I would choose to wait 2 weeks, and get the 3 lb packages. You haven't told us what dates those bees would be available. Keep in mind that you can't predict what the weather will be like for those two weeks this far in advance. If its quite cold, the "two weeks early" won't help much at all.
And for those advocating putting (2) two lb packages in each hive, consider that Mr Osborn is planning 3 hives, so you are advocating buying 6 packages, versus three. New beeks have enough potential challenges already that I say 2 lb packages are best left for experienced beekeepers.
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