(No starving bees!)
Although, the questions I did have (based on consistency, drying out, non-stick) were not answered in this thread (at least from what I remember, it's over 20 pages now). I've been adding type 55 corn syrup to the mixture (recommended in this thread), which helps with the drying out part, but makes it a very sticky mixture. If I then add more flour, it's not so sticky but way too thick. Still toying with it. Just commenting that I'm having a hard time getting it to Keith's consistency.
No criticism to your work was intended Ernie. I'm a follower.
Saturday, October 01, 2011.
Updated Pollen Substitute R & D.
The lab tests are in and here are the results.
And, the bees are consuming their patties!
A reminder about the addition of oils in a pollen substitute.
3. Other Nutrition
3.1. Sterols and Lipids
A sterol, 24-methylene cholesterol, is common in pollen and is the major sterol source for honey bees. Nearly all insects need to obtain sterol from their diet because of their inability to synthesize them directly. Sterol is the precursor for important hormones such as molting hormone, which regulates growth because it is required at the time of each molt. It is not clear what other lipids are required by honey bees, but most likely normal consumption of pollen provides for all the lipid requirements. Pollen with low fat content is less likely to be consumed by honey bees, but can be made more attractive to bees with the addition of lipids. The total lipid concentration within a pollen supplement is recommended to be 5%–8%.
Re-queening, making divides, feeding pollen supplements and Varroa control.
Welcome back Ernie.... where have you been?
NUTRA-BEE feed supplements