Gulf Coastal Queens from eggs/brood
Sitting right against the Gulf of Mexico SE of Houston. We are still in the 90s for another month at least. Goldenrod is still several weeks away from blooming. We had a minor flow going but not sure if that is still going. Bees have gone from ignoring syrup 2-3 weeks ago to attacking it today. Really spooky.
I took several small cut outs and didn't get queens on them. So I have 2 new nucs that are queenless. Then found that one of my hives is queenless or has a virgin as there was no eggs or young brood. So I made sure they all had eggs/young brood. Made sure that they had bee bread and some capped honey as well. We have some drones around, but not huge numbers.
I was successful last year in making queens in September with my first 3 cutouts. Didn't get the queen on any of them.
So has anyone on the Gulf Coast/Texas Coast have success with late August/September queens rearing. Please let me know any advice or tips.
Started 9/13, building slowly, now @ 7 Lang hives + 5 nucs, and treatment style not decided yet