Re: Pollen substitute? Yay or nay?
Subs, when use in a well managed manner will give you plenty of bees at the right time. Going through my 5th year on the subs feeding.
I have found and use all natural (subs) ingredients only. Whatever I can put in my mouth my bees will eat them (subs) too.
Today bought 2 more boxes of the non-fat milk powder for mixing the subs later on. It is only one of the few key ingredients. Even when they have natural pollen coming in with the added subs the non-flying young bees will eat them up like pancakes. My bee environment will support using subs all year long including winter and early Spring build up. Right now is the summer time, they are going through a dearth. So I'm giving them something to munch on to keep up their hive population going into the early Autumn mini flow. Without the subs I cannot keep many of my summer nuc hives here. Many young bees will go hungry because of the thin out summer nucs splits to make a new laying queen and give them a brood break too. Feeding on the subs, the newly mated laying queens or soon to be II queens will build up their brood nest faster just before the winter sets in. For sure the winter bees will be fatten up with the subs feeding. All I can say is use it at the right time your bees will benefit tremendously! They will make bigger QCs too while on the subs. Mine already have the natural pollen + all the natural subs ingredients added to help them along--All year long. If you can afford it and your bees will benefit from it then why not? Timing is the key to your success on subs feeding without all the
negative effects as mentioned before.
Double nuc subs feeding through the dearth:
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?