You can certainly try to experiment a bit in your area because beekeeping is local anyways.
I am trying to make some after the solstice queens now. If it is good then I will repeat this
process the next year. If not then I will just stick with some Spring queens that is fine with me.
So I'm looking at the local drone population also. Should have 8 queens if everything works out.
If you are in a dearth it can be hard to make the bees make a queen but you can always feed feed feed and try out here on the west coast in Wash. state my cell supplier is still making cells but it is real close to the end of the season for them I think they will be finished by the middle of the month. but like I said you can always try just make sure you have plenty of drones.
I agree with giving it a try, but with the admonition that you probably ought to make only a few queens, and put some drone comb in a strong colony immediately. If they fail to make drones, you could contact an instrumental insemination specialist. Instrumental Insemination works year-round
Do you have drawn comb? Raising the queens and getting them mated should happen still, but do you have enough drawn comb? It's starting to get late, getting bees to draw comb is going to get harder as the season gets later, and will take a lot of feeding.
Never to late to practice...make up a nuc ...no open brood ..and graft into that ..they will .ca.surprise you...proper nutrition will help them draw out a cell or two for you...Then a supply of sexually mature drones in the area...cha..ching
It can be a bit trickier to get them motivated to raise queens when a summer dearth is setting in. But it's not impossible by any means. You may find you have to feed to get them to make a lot of cells (and all of the associated issues of feeding have to be dealt with) and you will probably have to feed the mating nucs (just a table spoon of syrup right at dark will work) to get the queens to fly out to mate.
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