Re: Best Way to Make More Bees?
Marant - My bees have just really picked up collecting pollen and hauling in nectar about a week and half ago. I am in the Port Arthur area, so with the rain you have had, you should start seeing a big increase in pollen collection over the next few weeks.
Also should start seeing goldenrod blooming around the end of this month to mid September and then things might really explode. At least they did here last year which was when I got bees.
If they have that much sugar water stored, I would let them start foraging for nectar. My hives were either 2 mediums (10 frame) of mixed brood and honey at the best or a single medium (10 frame) with most. I added 1/4 of some protein patties in mid February to half of them and they started building numbers fast. Added more as they finished that up. The other hives never caught up until July.
There is a bee club somewhere in your area. Here is a link to look for one.
Started 9/13, building slowly, not trying the no treatment anymore