I had reserved a package of bees for delivery in Spring 2017, and I just received notice that they will be delivered on April 15. I am looking for some advice on whether this might be too early to take delivery since it will likely still be cold in Northern VT (I have normally hived bees no earlier that May 7 in the past). My thought would be that I could hive the package (on already-wax-pulled comb frames) and feed them syrup and pollen patties until the weather warms so they can start foraging.
I have purchased packages from this outfit before, and they prove quite decent (strong mated Italian queen), although I've never hived them so early before. Any advice or input on hiving a package this early? I do have the option of postponing the delivery until later, but I thought (if hiving this early isn't problematic) it might give them a couple extra weeks to get established with brood rearing.