The new colonies were checked 5/14/2012. The packages were removed from the deep and the space taken up by the package replaced with new frames w/ foundation. In 7 of the colonies the queens had been released by the bees. In the 8th the queen was still in her cage until she was directly released.
Syrup is being fed in frame feeders and there looks to be several days of feed remaining in all the colonies.
3 days down, 3 (plus) years to go!