Feeding Protein to Enhance Brood Production
Feeding pollen patties itself is simple, however determining if you need a pollen substitute and when to apply it can be a complicated process. The beekeeper must consider the colony size, weather and surrounding forage. The reason for feeding pollen patties to our bees is to stimulate brood production. The pollen provides the protein that is needed to rear new bees. With this knowledge, a beekeeper can provide a pollen substitute to their bees and boast the population in preparation for the anticipated spring nectar flow. More bees equal more foragers but also keep in mind more bees equal more mouths to feed. One must be careful because a hive can easily starve due to large populations. A highly populated hive could lead to swarming. If you are considering using pollen substitute be sure to take in account the weather. The weather plays a big role in the beekeeping world. Your local climate really dictates when to apply a pollen substitute. In the northern climate one may apply a pollen substitute in late February or early March, where as in a southern climate one may apply a substitute as early as January. Another thing to consider is your local forage. Some varieties of trees bloom rather early. Pollen could be abundant and a substitute may not needed.
Here at Kelley Beekeeping we offer two of the most popular pollen substitutes. The Bee Pro patties (Item No: 720-A) and the AP23 (Item No: 7601A). Feeding your bees’ pollen substitute is easy. -just simply open the top and slide the pollen substitute patty on top of the frames. It will fit between the top of the frames and the inner cover. Try to position the patty to the center because that is where the cluster will most likely be. If you happen to be utilizing other feeds consider our Mountain Camp Rim (Item No: 12-MCA). The Mountain Camp Rim provides more space for the beekeeper to apply other feeds. It’s that simple.