Jerry.... you are so crazy! LOL
Watch out for that one bluewolff, Jerry has the ability to turn a conversation about nothing into a TWO PAGE, 59 post thread.
And actually make it fun at the same time.
Read here for the whole story: http://www.beemaster.com/beebbs/viewtopic.php?t=1577
I never heard of a winter well. Hmm. Can't help you on that one. But as to whether or not you could start a hive this late - yes, you can. The big question will be whether or not you can find a supplier that has bees this time of year. The big purchasing time for bee packages is acually in the fall, and the bees get delivered in the spring. Some people found this year that trying to go out and get bees in March is nearly impossible. Every supplier they called was out. But it's possible that they have some package again now - bees multiply fast. The other question is..... will the supplier still ship them this late. I bought my first package at the very end of June, and they wouldn't ship them because it's too hot by then. Had to pick them up myself.
- can you find some? (unsure)
- will they ship? (unsure)
- do they have time to grow before winter? (Yes)