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  1. #1
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    Bardstown, KY, USA
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    Default When do beekeepers place a pollen patty on a hive?

    Last week (2/26), the temp was 60 & I found a couple hives that I thought felt a little light. So I placed a 1lb pollen patty on them. When do you place pollen patties on your hives & where do you live?

    In KY, the honey flow can begin in early April....

    - Phil
    Grandchildren are the best.... Bees a close second....

  2. #2
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    Default Re: When do beekeepers place a pollen patty on a hive?

    Middle tn - jan 15 - but hard candy, not patties. Hive beetles like patties too much.
    Since '09-25H-T-Z6b

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    Default Re: When do beekeepers place a pollen patty on a hive?

    I don't have beetles but I put patties on my bees today and It will be a month before much is blooming.

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    Default Re: When do beekeepers place a pollen patty on a hive?

    My experience, in my climate is that it very seldom works out well for me to encourage the bees to raise brood before it's really time to do so. I prefer to keep them in synch with their environment and their climate. I never use patties, and I only use dry pollen (not substitute) on occasions where there is a pollen dearth in the fall and I want to ensure young bees for winter. My usual indicator is the behavior of the bees. If they are gathering my chicken feed or saw dust or coffee grounds, I think they probably need to be fed some pollen.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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