That's the truth. At http://honeybeeworld.com/misc/pollen/default.htm is a picture provided by Andy Nachbauer many years ago. The formula, as I recall was just yeast and sugar and water. Feeding pays, but it has to be done right, and at the right time.
And, Finally here's what the OLd Drone had to say in a post to BEE-L... http://honeybeeworld.com/misc/images/pollen1.jpg For a picture of a hive on DEC.15, 1977 started with NO brood, NO honey, NO pollen, just a normal hive in October with normal number of bees and a good queen when all the frames were replaced with empty brood combs and it was fed all the sugar syrup it would consume and a protein diet of yeast products, NO flowers at all and very little flight time, go to http://beenet.com/121577.jpg This hive would eat the average beekeeper out of house and home if he had very too many like it.<G>
Unfortunately, the orginal large copy of that picture (linked last) was on Andy's site, which disappeared after his death, in spite of our efforts (Brandis and mine) to save it.