Sunday late afternoon was when I decided to hive the bees. It's good to do it in the late afternoon / evening, so the bees will stay in the hive and get used to it. If you install bees in a hive in the morning / early day, there's a chance they might abscond.
I took a video (embedded at the end), but since I was the cameraman and beekeeper, I didn't get a video of the actual shaking of the bees (since it required two hands to do). Here are some pictures of the event:
Here's one of the packages sitting on it's new home. I sprayed the package with some sugar water, to give them something to do to keep them from getting too agitated.
I took out some frames to leave room to dump the bees
The queen is in the cage, along with a few attendant bees. Note the candy on the left side that the bees slowly eat through to release her.
Bees dumped in!
It's got to be a little traumatic to be dumped this way. But they weren't aggressive at all!
I wedged the queen cage in between two frames, screen down (I left out a frame to leave room). Some people embed the queen cage into the comb, but I prefer to do it this way.
The bees are on the queen cage.
The second package was installed just like the first.
Here's the final result. I left the packages in front of the hives since there are always some stragglers. The syrup cans are left in the middle for them to be emptied later.
And finally, here's the video of the event:
I'll go back in about 5 days to check and make sure the queen was released, and to put in the missing frame.