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  1. #1
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    Default Pollen Substitute

    I was recently experimenting with pollen substitute and I thought Iíd share what I did and found. Actually, Iíve been thinking about this for over a year and have finally gotten around to it. In mid Sept I noticed that one of my nucs had plenty of stored honey but was very low on pollen and there were almost no larvae. Assuming pollen was the limiting factor, I wanted to see if feeding pollen substitute would remedy that.

    As for the pollen substitute, I followed Randy Oliverís recipe to make a rather thick mixture. Iíd call it a little thicker than play-doh. I rolled out two golf ball sized chunks, as thin as I could, between sheets of wax paper. Then I rolled the two discs on either side of some nylon window screen. I stapled the screen to an ~1/8Ē wide bar then added another ~1/8Ē wide bar, to maintain bee space over the comb, and installed it within the brood area. Below are a couple of pictures to help explain.

    Rolling.JPG putting on screen.JPG stapling.JPG installing1.JPG

    Hereís what it looked like after a week. The nuc had also tripled its brood area.

    after 1 week.JPG

    Oh, hereís one more pic (not a very good one though). Since I wanted to see what the bees thought of it I installed a small amount in my observation hive. Since I didnít really want to open the hive I just slid it in under the edge of an empty bar. The bees liked it but, after two weeks and as you would expect, the side against the hive wall was full of SHBs larvae.

    polsubglass.jpg

    Stuart

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    Default Re: Pollen Substitute

    Hmm, so the hanging patties didn't have problems with SHB? Cool!

    Were did you get those clear bars from? That looks neat.

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    Default Re: Pollen Substitute

    No SHBs. That was the idea. If the bees can get to all sides of the pollen substitute then they'll keep the beetles out (hopefully).

    Those are acrylic bars that I made for my observation hive. Once I started making nucs, bars seem to get mixed up everywhere.

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    Default Re: Pollen Substitute

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart View Post
    Once I started making nucs bars seem to get mixed up everywhere.
    Isn't that the truth. I used to wonder why the experienced beeks seemed to have a hodge podge of gear. It didn't take me long to figure that out!

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    Default Re: Pollen Substitute

    That's a nice method for feeding pollen sub to TBH and it could be modified for feeding nucs withLangstroth frames.
    Thanks for posting.
    Ernie
    My websitehttp://bees4u.com/

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    Default Re: Pollen Substitute

    Could you post the exact recipe you used? It looks like it was made small batch, i.e. with a Kitchenaid versus a cement mixer. Nice pictures and it looks like it was a total success! Thanks...

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