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Hi all.

I have two colonies that I started from nucs a little over 3 weeks ago. I fed them a couple pints of 1:1 syrup to get them started. At the time, the dandelion bloom was on, and there was a ton of pollen going in.

At the 1-week inspection, there was some nice solid patches of brood, a decent ring of pollen, and some nectar / syrup stores.

I've fed intermittently since then, and just inspected a second time. Both colonies are well set for nectar/syrup, but there is a complete lack of visible pollen inside. I was expecting as much as while observing the hive as I saw very few bees bringing in pollen supplies. Furthermore, the brood was quite spotty. I found both queens, but I'm wondering if the bees are cannibalising the eggs and young due to the lack of protein.

Both colonies have expanded from ~2.5 frames of bees up to 5-6 frames of bees, so they've grown a fair bit.

I think we are on the edge of clover starting to bloom here - I'm seeing some blooms on my lawn. However, there isn't a ton of pasture close by.

Should I be thinking about feeding some sort of pollen substitute?
 

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Just to follow up on this:

My hunch about the clover blooming was right; I posted the original post on Friday. On Saturday, there was *some* pollen heading into the hives. Sunday and this morning, there is a steady stream. Seems all is well for now, but I am going to get some protein supplement on hand for next year to help bridge the gap between then end of the dandelion bloom here and the beginning of 'everything else'.
 
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