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    Default Soy Flour

    I purchased some Pollen Sub from Kelley's. I believe this is nothing more than Soy flour. Will this work without brewer's yeast?

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    Soy flour works just like Brewer's Yeast. They both provide the protein.

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    well if it is advertised as a substitute then it should contain several things besides soy flour. soy flour by itself will not contain the essential amino acids to meet MINIMUM levels of a honeybees dietary requirements.

    I think brewer's yeast is a bit closer in composition to pollen... and would thereby be a much better substitute than soy flour.

    why not forward your question directly to Kelley...

    ps... I would first assume that Kelley acquires this product in a bag from someone else and they might not even truely know what is in each and every bag.

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    I asked them over the phone. They said that it works just like it is, in patty form, or even fed dry.

    I tend not to trust the word of a large company.

    This is the discription on the webpage:

    A high-nutrient, heat treated soy flour. Feed dry or mix it with sugar syrup to form a soft patty. Pollen Substitutes supply a portion of the nutrients honeybees need to produce larval food when there is an inadequate supply of natural pollen available for colony building.

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    Indiana, you may like this file called Fat Bees Skinny Bees - A Manual on Honeybee Nutrition for Beekeepers...

    http://www.rirdc.gov.au/reports/HBE/05-054sum.html

    Click the link to download the full report as PDF file.

    It is very informative report on nutrition of pollen and pollen subliments, among other things.

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