Pollen patties are a great way to feed your bees. They’re a rich source of protein and can be used to help stimulate brood production. They also absorb moisture and sugar syrup from the hive. So, it’s worth the time and effort to make them.
Pollen patties are a protein source for bees
Pollen patties are a great way to supplement a beekeeper’s bee diet. The patties are given to bee colonies during the spring and early summer to encourage increased brood production. Ideally, pollen patties are given in early spring before the nectar flow starts.
Pollen contains protein and is a crucial source of energy for bees. Without pollen, larvae would not develop properly and brood production would decrease. Pollen patties are a great supplement until natural sources of pollen are sufficient. However, pollen patties should never be the sole source of protein for bees.
You can make your own pollen patties for bees in a couple of ways. First, you can buy pollen patties that are made with honey. These patties are available in 10 pounds packages and weigh about one pound each. They come in a blend that contains Pro Health, a health supplement for bees. When combined with Pro Health, they improve brood production and overall performance of the hive.
They stimulate brood production
Pollen patties are a great way to encourage brood production in bee colonies. They should be given to bees in early spring before the nectar begins to flow. They can be placed on top of a frame or under the inner cover of the hive.
Adding pollen patties to hives can boost brood production and future hive population. A big foraging age population is essential for good honey production. Adding pollen patties to your hives at least six weeks before honey flow will help them achieve this goal.
Another benefit of feeding pollen patties to bees is that they act as a source of nutrition for the larvae. These larvae need a source of protein and carbohydrate to survive and thrive. Bees get carbs from honey and sugar syrup, but they need a protein source to survive. Adding pollen patties will stimulate the nurse bees to produce more royal jelly, which is a vital food for young bee larvae.
They absorb moisture from the hive
In the winter months, many well-meaning beekeepers will provide their hives with pollen patties and leave them alone until the spring pollen flows. Unfortunately, this can cause a problem for the colony. This type of feeding can create a glut of brood that doesn’t have the necessary protein it needs to survive. As a result, scenes of deprivation and brood cannibalism are not uncommon. If you are unable to keep up with your hives’ needs, it is better to avoid protein-rich bee food altogether.
Pollen patties are also effective in spring to absorb moisture from the hive. If you’re using dry pollen as a substitute, you should make sure the board is thin enough to fit into the lid of the hive. Using a paper plate as a measuring tool can help you find the right thickness of board. Try to keep the patty near the center of the hive box, as bees tend not to eat pollen that stretches to the edges.
They absorb sugar syrup
Pollen patties are a great way to feed bees during the late winter and early spring. They provide the bees with protein, carbohydrates, and fat that they need to grow and maintain their colonies. Beekeepers also find pollen patties useful for brood production and hive strength. Pollen patties can be thrown into the hive or dropped onto a sheet of wax paper.
Pollen patties contain amino acids and proteins that bees need for a healthy diet. They are best placed near the cluster, not on it. The mixture should be prepared at least a week before spring.
They absorb brewer’s yeast
Pollen patties are made from pollen that has been in contact with a special yeast, known as brewer’s yeast. These patties contain more protein than other types of patties, and are also a good source of vitamins and minerals. These patties are not as sticky as their regular counterparts. They also contain carotenoids, which are natural components of pollen.
Honey bees are a major source of pollen, which can be used to make beer. Researchers at the USDA-ARS in Gainesville, FL, and Global Patties in Butte, MT, have been developing pollen patties for use in beer brewing. The patties are inoculated with the Kodamaea ohmeri yeast. After 30 days, the patties start to ferment.