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What are the box dimensions of a package? I'm curious if it is possible to install the package in to a medium box using the method that doesn't involve shaking the bees out.
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I've seen many different sizes of package cages so you would have to call who you are getting them from to know for sure. No matter what size it is it shouldn't be wider(narrowest measurement) than 6". You could place a empty super shell on top of the hive you are starting them in and place the cage inside of that on it's side. Which ever way you do it you still need to shake some bees out onto the queen cage so they can keep her warm if it is cool in you area.
 

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I've got bees from 3 different places and used this method. If the package is too tall (mine weren't), just put an empty super on. I put one on anyway because I put a boardman type feeder on top of frames so they can feed without being robbed. You take the package out the next day. If there are any bees still in it, just sit it in front of the hive and they will go into the hive.
It's easy and no stress on me or the bees.
 

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What are the box dimensions of a package? I'm curious if it is possible to install the package in to a medium box using the method that doesn't involve shaking the bees out.
I have a new observation hive, and I'm using the 'migration method' that doesn't involve shaking them out. I put the queen box in the hive and attach the package to the bottom of the hive to let them "follow the queen."
 
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