View Poll Results: Getting a package going

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  • Pollen Patty

    0 0%
  • Sugar Syrup

    12 48.00%
  • Pollen Patty and Sugar Syrup

    13 52.00%
  • Stop Feeding you Bees

    0 0%
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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Menlo Park, CA, USA
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    79

    Default Pollen patty or Sugar syrup or both for getting packages going

    Was just curious what the pro's do and think on this topic.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Lebanon Pa
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    94

    Default Re: Pollen patty or Sugar syrup or both for getting packages going

    i put both

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Knox, Pa. USA
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    1,653

    Default Re: Pollen patty or Sugar syrup or both for getting packages going

    There is plenty of natural pollen available I jus feed 1x1 syrup. and lots of it.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Marietta, Ohio USA
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    205

    Default Re: Pollen patty or Sugar syrup or both for getting packages going

    I use both. I figure if I put it in, they may take it or not. I have little invested if they decide not to.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    North Okanagan BC Canada
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    120

    Default Re: Pollen patty or Sugar syrup or both for getting packages going

    I use both, we have plenty of natural pollen available but they still use the patties. I think when the population is small every advantage you can give them helps them build strength quicker is a good thing. My Packages have been started about four weeks before we see any real quantity of nectar available. Still some cool days that keep them in the hive,

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Seattle WA
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    130

    Default Re: Pollen patty or Sugar syrup or both for getting packages going

    In this area we have good pollen sources almost all year. The biggest problem is rainfall. It is not uncommon to have a week of rain, especially in the spring. If the bees cannot get out, they cannot get pollen or nectar. Thus, it is better to provide sugar water and pollen patties just in case. I have noticed that if there are ample and available natural sources of both, the sugar water and the pollen patty will barely get touched.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Boonville, Indiana,USA
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    129

    Default Re: Pollen patty or Sugar syrup or both for getting packages going

    1:1 sugar only. Nature will provide the pollen.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Spencer, MA, USA
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    2,121

    Default Re: Pollen patty or Sugar syrup or both for getting packages going

    I use both. Bees will work the patties at night and when too cold to fly or rainy. I find the bees build up better with both.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    Pleasant Grove. AL
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    57

    Default Re: Pollen patty or Sugar syrup or both for getting packages going

    I feed sugar syrup to my packages... but I've never bought pollen patties. We have so many pollen sources around, I am not convinced it is necessary. I'm certainly no expert though! It's going to rain for the next week here, so I will watch them and see if they get out and forage during the dry spells.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Great Falls Montana
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    Default Re: Pollen patty or Sugar syrup or both for getting packages going

    I put pollen patties on to all colonies and feed lots of sugar water to build up colonies for early spring splitting, for drawing comb, for starting new colonies. It pays for itself. No pollen at night or during that three day rain and larvae get need fed 1500 times a day each! Feed.

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