Re: Protien Patty Feeding
Unless you feel that you will have trouble coming up with the bees that you need to get your projected numbers back then I think that it's tough to justify pollen supplements. Frankly my experience with trying to stimulate queens that have shut down at that time of year hasn't been good. Unless you start your sub program in the fall before the queens have stopped laying it is tough to get them restarted early enough to help much. Guys like Keith want lots and lots of bees really early and to accomplish this they are starting their supplement program early and they are feeding a lot, its the only way I know of to trick the seasonal instincts of the hive to shut down when the bees don't instinctively want to. Its pretty tough to make comparisons with how guys, with a "honey crop first mentality" like us operate.
Last edited by jim lyon; 10-07-2012 at 01:55 PM.
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