I'm in St. John's, Newfoundland, where it's illegal to import honey bees and we can only start up hives from nucs sold form a single supplier in the province. Nucs usually aren't available until the 1st or 2nd week of July, and because our summers are short, we have to feed our nucs constantly right into the fall if we want them to survive the winter.
That's what I did last year and my bees still didn't managed to draw out all their frames and they would have starved if I hadn't fed them candy cakes from January onward.
My nucs this year are way ahead of the game because I gave them an extra frame of honey and brood when I added the second box, and I gave them pollen patties all summer long which they devoured. My question is:
Now that we're getting into the fall, should I stop feeding them pollen patties?
If I continue to feed them pollen patties, will that encourage the queen to lay well into the winter when she should be slowing down?