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  1. #1
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    Default Can Pollen Keep a Hive from Starving?

    A good surplus of pollen will make fat and healthy bees, but can it keep a hive from starving?
    Will the hive eat the pollen before starving? Or can it starve with plenty of pollen stores?

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    Default Re: Can Pollen Keep a Hive from Starving?

    Honey is fuel for bees, their carbohydrate in a way. Pollen is their protien. They need both. Yes, a colony w/ pollen available can still starve if there isn't any honey available.
    Mark Berninghausen
    Squeak Creek Apiaries



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    Default Re: Can Pollen Keep a Hive from Starving?

    best solution is to save a couple bottles of honey for them and give that to them for their winter feeding and not sugar which can mess with their intestinal pH.

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    Default Re: Can Pollen Keep a Hive from Starving?

    So I am feeding mine through the winter with sugar on the top bars, but what if you mixed in pollen with that? I want to get off of sugar for the bees, but the hive didn't have enough stores and I don't want to loose them. I like the pollen idea!!
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