I have a observation hive that is stocked with a nuc that I thought would be to weak to winter outside. They had pretty well run thru their stores a few weeks ago so I gave them some Mann Lake winter patties. I thought they are not supposed to get enough pollen from these to make them lay brood. I looked at it last night and I have a small patch of brood (child's hand sized) on the outside of one frame(double wide hive).
I need to give them something but wonder if the patties made them start to brood up. We are still facing at least a month of winter and maybe longer to a good flow. So give them more or give them something else?