Re: Pollen Sub Formulations - Input?
i agree that diet and nutrition is one of the most fundamental aspects of bee husbandry.
so much so, that i decided this year to forsake the honey crop, by only taking what i could, so as to not have to feed any syrup.
i did have two occasions where short-term emergency feeding was necessary.
last fall, i fed syrup after late a harvest. and i must admit, last year's fall colonies had larger clusters and heavier stores.
i.e. this year's clusters are much smaller, and the stores are lighter.
i wonder if letting the bees determine cluster strength based on the natural flow results in a more optimal cluster size?
i also wonder if not having the extra stores in late winter will cause a smaller build-up in advance of our main flow next spring?
it might make sense from a production standpoint, to supplement in the fall, just after the natural forage plays out. maybe that would leave more stores for spring build up.
it's a no brainer for the commercial operation. that's what you want.
does it make sense for someone not necessarily trying to max out #'s of honey per hive? or extra bees for pollination or sale?
journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives