I'm in oregon and we have around a month of rain and chilly temps left (around 50 f)
last week the weather got sunny and the bees were bringing in lots of pollen and I suspect a little nectar as well.
The question is.. I have two hives (both about 3 frames of bees "strong". Should I fill my miller feeders with 1:1 sugar syrup to get these queens to start laying?
I figure these hives are sooo weak they need the extra jumpstart and their numbers are soo few they couldn't possibly exhaust food stores. If worst comes to worst I'll sprinkle pollen substitute in the hive and keep feed on them.
thoughts or suggestions?