I do open feeding with Ultrabee powder only in late July through early September when my area has a total dearth of pollen. Bees love it but will only take it when there is absolutely nothing else to get. Does anyone have experience with Bee-Pro and open feeding? The cost is significantly less than Ultrabee and if I can save a few bucks I will. While Ultrabee costs 29% to 43% more that Bee-Pro, depending on the size purchased, I somehow doubt I would get a 29% to 43% improvement in brood rearing by using Ultrabee instead of Bee-Pro. Thus, I am thinking of making the change.
Question 2: Getting small amounts of HFCS to make patties is not cost effective or easy to get and sugar syrup patties seems to get hard really quickly. Is there any reason to not use light Karo corn syrup instead? It does not have as much sweetener/sugar in it but is much easier to get.