Re: Wanting to split
Only 2 more months to October. Then it is rainy Autumn time around Halloween here.
Yes, with favorable weather condition they will make a new mated queen when everything is going in
the right direction. When it is not then you will have a queen less hive to deal with. After one month + you
will have LWs to deal with a potential shake out. I try to get some new queens around August if possible. In
my little experiment having so many hives I can do what you want of making more nuc splits. It is only for an
experiment to see whether or not they can make a very late mated queen here. Because every year the weather
is different I'm taking a risky chance. With one hive, I would follow Brad's advice to get a mated queen for a late
split. Splitting in Sept. is consider late to me because 22--25 days will be another round of new bees. One thing for
certain, you will have to baby sit your little nuc hive on a split without a mated queen all winter long. Either that or do
a recombine that might kill off the old queen if they don't accept her. If me, I would not do it with only one hive left. I
would go buy more mated queens to make my splits. My advice is to count the number of cap broods and young nurse
bees you have in the big hive. Then decide how many nuc hives you can make to support the number of mated queens
you will need to buy. This is how I would do it in a mild winter area here.
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?