Question for anyone with experience overwintering indoors.
I'm in Northern BC Canada and have a few colonies that are pretty weak in numbers.
I have them in an overwintering cabin I keep dark and as close to 5C as possible.
Was thinking of mixing some freeze dried pollen with sugar syrup...
I bought some bee pollen and am wondering if I can just sprinkle this on the inner cover? Is there some advantage to making a patty and if so how do I make one? It seems counter productive to buy pollen only to mix it with sugar syrup especially of they do no need they sugar
I am in Southern Maine in case anyone can recommend a local source that would be great. If not does anyone have a recommendation on where to order? Brushy Mountain has it for $18 per pound and the shipping is $11.00. The shipping cost is so high. All suggestions appreciated.
Last fall I collected six pounds of beautiful sweet pollen from one double deep colony with the hope of refeeding it in late winter to my "survivor" bees. From what I can find from searching the topic here on beesource most people agree on feeding this supplement about six weeks before natural...