Re: Too late for making nucs in VA?
I had two queenless hives and introduced a frame of eggs to them this past Sat. I figure it is 50/50. I still have quite a few drones in the hives but that could easily change quickly. Best plan is to use a purchased mated queen and feed heavily. Our bee club recommends summer splits after the first of August be made with mated queens. After September 1st, the likelyhood of a split making it through winter is not very good.
On the other hand, one of my metees had a strong hive swarm about an hour ago. He got the queen and is trying to get them into a hive body. It has been a good summer for the bees but a crappy spring.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.