Re: Best Way to Make More Bees?
The critical mass of bees only begins to really take off around 3-4 double faces (bees facing bees) of bees. Before that, she may be just a smart bee, not wanting to put the colony at risk with too much brood.
Offer dry pollen sub outside the hive a little at a time to keep it fresh and ant free; that will remove one variable. With one hive, robbing is not likely a problem, enough heavy syrup to keep a ring of stores around the brood will eliminate another variable.
After that it is up to her. There is a wide variation in queens, those truly above average are amazing. Below average , depressing.
4 yrs, Peak 14, back to zip, T lite; godfather to brother's 3.