WATCH FOR QUEEN ISSUES. Queen problems at this time can really hold a colony back. Watch for broodless periods, bad laying patterns, and laying workers. The bee brood developing right now is going to bring in the food that provisions the colony through fall and winter, and your personal honey harvest as well. We have queens for sale if you need!
FEEDING. Don’t stop feeding new colonies until they start to lose interest in syrup or are well established. You should be feeding protein patties and 2-1 sugar syrup. It’s best to let the bees have at least a box full of drawn frames and plenty of emerging brood before taking food away. However, don’t feed your bees if you have honey supers on or you’ll have sugar syrup instead of honey in your harvest!