With a mated Queen eggs in a few daysHow late can I start a nuc for overwintering in southern New England and still have a reasonable chance of getting through the winter?
I gave it some "Deep Thought" too. Count back 42 days from the time a hive typically goes broodless for the fall. This is when you need to have three frames of bees, stores, and a laying queen in your nuc. Add in the days to get to the laying queen part. Here in Richmond, I can overwinter a walkaway split started the first of August, or a nuc with a queen introduced around the end of August. Any time after that becomes a crapshoot.time to get the queen mated , lay at least 2 rounds of bees " 42 days"