I live in Australia, heading into winter. The nectar flow ended months ago and the nights are getting cold.
i got my nuc 3 months ago, at the tail-end of the flow. I realised that I wasn’t going to harvest any honey this season, so my aim was to build up my colony for winter. Lately, I have been feeding 2:1 syrup on-and-off. At 3 months, they have filled 7 out of my 8 frame brood box. Tried a second brood box for a few weeks, but they weren’t interested, so I have removed.
A few weeks back, there was solid brood, a bit of pollen and not much honey.
Now there is a lot of capped honey, almost zero stored pollen and not much brood. Even the centre frames have only about 10-20% capped brood. Lots of bees, queen is present, and some eggs and larvae.
My concern: I seem to have a lot of honey stores but not much brood going into winter.
Is it normal pattern for going into winter?
Or am I feeding too much syrup?
Should I buy/feed pollen?