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  1. #1
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    Default Storing pollen patties

    I bought some pollen patties about 2 months ago. Since I didn't use most of them, how do I store them? Will they keep as is or do they need to be frozen?

    Thanks!
    Tanya

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    Default Re: Storing pollen patties

    Freeze, freeze, freeze. Not long ago I put a patty from a major bee supply company into a hive and within five days it was crawling with good sized earwig larvae. No way could larvae of that size develop to that size in such a short time- the eggs/larvae were undoubtedly in the patty when put in the hive. Earwigs aren't a major hive problem but who knows what else was living in the patty. Now I freeze my patties and will always in the future.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Storing pollen patties

    I freeze mine also, I won't feed pollen patties right now for they are like a magnet drawing small hive beetles.
    I usually start feeding mine in mid February.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Storing pollen patties

    OK- FREEZE... How do you keep them separated in the freezer? I suppose I could just put some wax paper between the patties.

    Thanks for the info
    Tanya

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    Default Re: Storing pollen patties

    Quote Originally Posted by Sr. Tanya View Post
    OK- FREEZE... How do you keep them separated in the freezer? I suppose I could just put some wax paper between the patties.

    Thanks for the info
    Tanya

    Oh! Yes that's a good idea.....
    BeeCurious
    Trying to think inside the box...

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Storing pollen patties

    I get my pollen patties from Better Bee and they come with paper between each patty. My bees love them. and yes FREEZE.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Storing pollen patties

    I got mine from Kelley and the paper is very thin so thought they would be hard to get apart. Do you find it so?

    Tanya

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