We have had a really hot, dry summer here in Western Massachusetts, USA. We’ve had multiple dearths, which means not enough nectar for the bees to build comb. My queen WANTS SO BADLY to lay more eggs, but the bees can’t draw out more comb without resources! My first thought would be to feed them, but I was told that this could be tricky to time because yes, If you feed bees sugar water they will be able to draw more comb, but then they will store the sugar water in the comb and not leave room for the queen to lay anyway…
My other thought was, since we are approaching the end of the season, if the queen will be slowing down anyway to prepare for overwintering, do I really
NEED to proved more laying room?? And wouldn’t she lay in The previously drawn comb in the lower deep box once those bees emerge out? (She just started laying in the top brood box a week ago)
Any ideas out there?