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I'll add another perspective. When you add a pollen substitute you're creating a false food supply. The bees suddenly find that they have more protein available to raise brood. So, they raise brood. That's great so long as your supply is equal to their demand. If you toss a patty in the hive and they use it up before natural supplies are adequate, you're just making a problem. You then have a dependent hive without their "fix" and it's all your fault. To me, it's not a question of the cold weather. The bees can deal with that. It's a question of the queen "counting" on an abundant supply of brood food and suddenly running out. If you start, you can't stop and if that's OK with you, go for it. The reasoning behind the timing of feeding a pollen substitute is that you want to get a head start in building up the hive, but not so much that it's an artificial liability to the bees. Remember that a pollen substitute is still a substitute and that's the reason why bees ignore your offerings when the real stuff is a quick flight away.

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