A method of increasing colony numbers quickly
It is often said there is a shortage of bees in the U.K. and Beekeeping Associations can't produce enough bees to satisfy their beginners needs. This often results in the BKA sourcing nucs commercially, or the beginner having to buy bees where they can, often from undesirable and unreliable sources. There are also bee farmers who buy bees early in the season, often to make up for winter losses.
At one stage I had a large number of colonies and I found ways of producing bees quickly, as did many of the bigger beekeepers in the past. Some of the techniques I have used have been put together in what I have called the "Roger Patterson Method" that is accessible as a PDF from the button on the top left.
On this website there are many other methods of increasing the number of colonies, some not normally taught or seen in books, so please explore them.