I ordered in some pollen patties, I put them in the freezer, was this the correct thing to do? When should I start feeding them to the bees?
Thanks for your help!
What kind of patties???
If they are Global or simular do not freeze
them unless you seperate them and freeze
them on a sheet individually. Once frozen
you can put them back in the case.
If their frozen together they are a bear to
get apart and a mess. How do I know??
I don't know, I ordered them from Brushy Mt and they were pollen substitute patties not actual pollen patties
If it's not too late.... I'd separate them.
Once frozen then separate them (with a hammer
and chisel) when still frozen. From Iddee's
past experience (if I remember right) they
are an absolute mess if you thaw out the whole
The directions said to cut a v in the pack to place in the hive, would that mean they were individually packed?
them on a sheet individually.}
Wax paper works better than bed sheets!
I doubt you'll need them much in VA though as you should have maple bloom this year the end of February beginning of March.
Ruben, many patties have a wax paper on
both sides. The patties I am talking about
had the paper. It does no good if you freeze
and thaw them as a block. They get goooooy.
Joel..... You might be right, I'll try that.
Freeze and cry....
Thaw and cry harder.....
Refreeze and cuss.....
rethaw and give away, by the mushy cupful.
Learning is so much fun.
I talked with the folks at Global Patties
and they said refrigeration was not needed,
even a year out. Mine got a same bug infestation
so I chose to freeze them. Bad choice.....
You all had me scared so I went down to the basement and pulled them out of the freezer and opened them, they have wax paper between each patty so should I be o.k?
Did you separate a few?
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Try to separate them and let us know.
Not sure about Virginia but IÂ´m starting to feed patties to mine in a about 1 month.
I think you have the kind with the individually packed patties. You need to cut the V in the top paper and pull back to expose the actual patty material.
If so, then they are fine in the freezer. I have what sounds like the same thing in my freezer.
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