Well, the 'day of delivery' is getting nearer...I will have my first package in-hand about two weeks from today. While I'm indescribably excited and happy that it is almost here, I do have some last-minute concerns which I'm hoping some of you here can quell. Firstly, in hindsight, I should have placed my package order earlier. I had some financial snags, and as a result, had to wait. Is this going to cause any problems in the colony's development? Is there any special procedures I should take to ensure their survival through their first Winter?
My other concern relates to sting protection. I have a veil and a jacket, as well as gloves and a smoker. The question here is, should I bother with any of this while hiving the package? I have seen and heard of beekeepers hiving packages with nothing at all, and when I asked some local beekeepers at a club meeting, I got a highly-mixed answer which only served to confuse me further.
Any input is HIGHLY valued here! Thanks in advance, and I look forward to posting here more often in the coming weeks!