54+ years 16 colonies Treat using OAV
no Do not feed pollen Sub
P.S. if I even thought I would need to then I did a poor job prepping the hive for winter. If you want to make a small late split then you should stock it with resources
It is all relative to what is climatically going on in yours area. I am in NW NJ and this winter so far has been mild. I see bees leaving the hive looking for stores and then comeback with nothing. So I put pollen patties on top of their inner cover just in case.
Not trying to be funny but.... " bees leaving the hive" how would you determine they were not seeking water or relieving them selves?
"just in case" just in case of ?? what. My bees are leaving the hive as well, warm here as well, did not seem to me that they should then have a pollen sub.
Are you concerned the pollen sub would/could cause them to start to brood up?
thanks just seeking clarity
No, Iíve heard it necessitates a need for more cleansing flights, which isnít always possible in NW Wisconsin. I have candy boards made from sugar, water, and a little bit of vinegar. All 6 of my hives are alive so far. I havenít even needed to open them yet to feed.
Use patties with a small amount of pollen and mostly sugar- under 4% protein- in the winter. Going to put 1st high protein patties on this week- 18%. Hope the weather changes pretty quick