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  1. #1
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    A lot of people have asked about making queens late in the year. Of course it's different everywhere, but here in north Texas, I have made 3 queens in the last month in splits. All three are now laying. I expect we'll be able to continue to do so until the end of September. The biggest problem here is dearth, so feeding is a must. I'm betting on a decent fall flow for build up, which won't happen if we don't get rain soon.

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    Ross, you have drones to fertilize that late?

    Hawk
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  3. #3
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    So far, yes. We are still in the high 90's every day and night time lows are 70-75. Our first temperature break is likely to be mid September. They may kick out the drones earlier if this drought doesn't break.

  4. #4
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    Here in Alabama I have approx. 30 or more drones in every hive.Drones arn't the problem here,it's the SHB...If I split now they are killed off.I'd love to raise queens now but am afraid i'd lose too more than a queen.
    Ross have you noticed an increase in SHB in the hives in late summer?
    If you build it they will comb it.<br />Tim Rolan

  5. #5
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    Your Majesty, I don't have SHB but I was told their larva stage has to develop in the ground and are vulnerable there. I kind of thought that would end the problem. Obviously I missed something.

    My ground is covered in pineneedles which turns the soil too acidy for the SHB. If it were that much of a problem, I'd think y'all would be up here loading up some pine needles.

    Hawk
    KC0YXI

  6. #6
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    Ross...
    here in central texas we can generally get queens mated up until the last of October or whenever the first big northern blow in....

  7. #7
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    As long as there are still plenty of drones around and weather good enough to mate (above 50 and not raining) you should be able to raise queens.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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