My package arrived yesterday, a day ahead of schedule, which I considered a stroke of luck because there was snow coming in last night. Took a couple hours off work to pick up the package and try to install it... I say "try" because after I took out the syrup can, I found that the queen cage was attached in such a way that I couldn't remove it without reaching way in and possibly squishing a lot of bees in the blind attempt to get a hold of the cage.
Being pressed for time, I ended up taking out enough frames to put the open package (with queen cage still inside) in the hive, closing it up with an insulated candy board in place of the inner cover, and going reluctantly back to work. The snow started before the work day ended, so I decided not to try to mess with the bees, hoping that they can eat from the candy board and the honey/syrup in the remaining frames (they're full) and keep the queen warm in her cage.
That was yesterday. It's been snowing all day today, and tonight's low is forecast to be about 27. Tomorrow it's supposed to clear up and reach 54, so I'd like to open it up and try again to get the queen cage out, in hopes that there won't be so many bees inside the package at that time that they'll be endangered by my klutzy hands...
Any advice is greatly appreciated.....?