Well, I finally got the experience of hiving packages. Never done it before but watched enough videos to know how it's done. Norm is a keeper that I have been lending a hand to here. I believe he turned 80 a few weeks ago. Just shows ya there's hope for us all. :wink: He had a tough winter and to help make up some losses he bought 3 packages of bees from Australia. There are 4 lbs of bees in each package and for an extra $15 they come with 2 queens. Norm had boxes ready so I went and helped hive them. We shook 1/2 of each package (2 lbs) in each box and added a queen. Some of the keeps opted to save the $15 and hived the whole package with just 1 queen and will split in a months time. The bees were real docile, no fuss at all. No syrup left in the jugs in the packages. The one thing that really struck me was how small the bees were! It will be interesting which way works out best.