Is this possible?
I got an okay 5 medium-frame nuc on June 6 (very little capped brood, but a lot of open brood) with a Russian queen. The beek didn't cage them in the previous night, and didn't want me to come in the evening, so I probably lost a good deal of the field workers.
I did my first inspection on June 11, saw a lot of capped brood, and very few (if any) empty cells. There was brood or eggs everywhere I looked, and the bees had only drawn part of one side of a frame and part of one side of another frame from the 5 frames of wax foundation I gave them. There was a tiny amount of capped/open nectar in the very corners of the frames (maybe 10% of the frame)
On June 13 I recieved a couple frames of empty drawn comb from a local beek--the comb had been damaged previously by wax moths or other things, but there looked to be good bits of it (1/2 or better) that we figured the queen could lay in while the bees repaired the holes from before and pulled new comb. I replaced the untouched foundation in the box with the damaged-but-partially-usable comb.
Had an issue with my hive-top feeder on Tuesday (June 15) and had to open up the hive, and figured while I was there I'd check the new frames. Pulled one out at random and spotted the queen, and saw a lot more eggs. Eggs, eggs, eggs in all the usable comb (probably about 2-1/2 medium frames)
Question... is there such thing as too much brood for the nurse bees to handle? Queen is a Russian, and I heard they concentrate their egg laying more than Italians (2,000 a day is normal), and she just filled up several frames with eggs in about 48 hours. We're nearing the end of our usual nectar flow but there's still plenty of flowers out and I'm feeding 1:1 syrup. For lack of a better way, I estimate my hive strength by counting incoming bees, and the other day around 5pm they averaged 27/min.
Is this situation normal? Should I do anything about it? I've considered feeding them pollen patties... if so, what should I use? Pollen supplement, or pollen substitute? Any favored brands? (I'm sure there's a million threads on patties, but I couldn't find "the one" I needed...)
Thanks for any suggestions!