As some of you may know I lost a good portion of bees from one colonies bees. Although there still a laying queen, brood and eggs I’d like to bolster their numbers and am wondering the best way to do it?
Feeding the bees will build numbers but also encourage robbing if the colony is a bit low on numbers.
Adding a frame of brood is the most common practice and I’ve done this in the past however in this case I’m concerned there wouldn’t be enough bees to keep the brood warm.
I’ve also heard of swapping hive positions. Has anyone used this method and does it work?
Combining colonies is an option however this colony has sentimental value and I am keen to build on my beekeeping experience as last time I had a small colony, possibly due to my inexperience, I lost it.
These are the methods that come to mind, I’m sure there are other to be discussed after my conundrum is resolved…