Ok, thanks. Now after I start the package, at what point do I take away the feeder and just use the cover and vent box?
I wouldn't worry about the vent box for a while. They will continue to dwindle for the first month until brood starts to hatch. Heat makes more brood quicker, so keep them sealed up until you get some heavy bearding.
And I've heard its a good idea to throw a protien patty in there with the feeder when starting them? I start the pakage on the 18th...
If you have plants/trees in bloom, don't waste your money on a pollen patty, they prefer the real stuff and will ignore your expensive patty.