I open fed dry for the first time last spring once they were flying good and was really surprised how well they took it. For late winter or early spring when they are not flying yet I use the patties. I will probably put on the first patties in about a week I think, when the weather improves a bit. I fed patties during a dearth late last summer and the small hive beetle larvae got into them badly and the bees really didn't touch them, so won't be doing that again.
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