Clintonbermrose and Michael make some good points. The idea is to start feeding pollen patties before they start bringing in natural pollen, by the time that natural pollen sources are available brood rearing will be in full swing and they will be able to take advantage of early nectar flows instead of using energy to build up the hive population. This will give you and opportunity to make splits that will have more time to develop and will even give you a honey crop later in the year. Or if you donít want more hives the ones you have will give you more honey. Which will make you profit over the cost of the pollen substitute. It takes money to make money.
The Busy Bee teaches two lessons: One is not to be idle and the other is not to get stung.