But-if this queen cell hatches what are the odds of her successfully mating now.
I haven't seen a drone in my hives for at least 2 weeks. if there are no drones around
might she mate in the spring?
If I find the queen on Sunday I might just tear down the queen cell.
you surely can buy a new laying queen from area.
The queen can mate only at the age of 7-30 days.
If you tear queen cells down, they build new and hive will queenless later.
A week ago in Finland guys wrote on forum that they have tens of extra queens in their mating hives, and guys destroy the queens and join the bees into some wintering hive. Now we have frost and snow in half of Finland.
It surely same in your area. Beekeepers have extra queens. Buy such.
I suppose that you will have lots of sunny warm days out ther in subtropic.