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I thought I had posted this already, can't find it, so here goes again. I have 3 new hives, one from a nuke and 2 captured swarms. They are all devouring the patties. I am also feeding them syrup.

How long to feed the patties ? Today is June 10. It's getting very hot here already, and our tallow trees are in full bloom, and this will be our biggest flow of the year.

What is your opinion on this ? I know we are all different, I just want my bees to have what they need and all they need to be strong and healthy. I built them a fine watering "hole". It is loaded with bees about all day long. Wow, they can drink lots of water, too.

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Once they start hauling in lots of pollen I'd stop feeding protein, the pollen is better for them. I'd have fed a third or a quarter pound to eliminate the possibility of feeding hive beetles instead of bees, and none after that unless you have a lot of brood and no pollen.

On a large flow, you won't need to feed anything, they will take care of themselves. Later in the summer if you have a dearth of nectar or pollen you may want to feed, but on your main flow, don't.

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These patties are a high mark up item. Unless you are in a drought or need to build bees for early pollination the purchase and use is a waste of time and money. Anyone who needs to use them in the spring might want to find a new yard... or 10.
 

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I would have stopped feeding them ANYthing once your bloom started. Your area is swarming like crazy...meaning...bee heaven in full swing. Pull all of it! Syrup...Pollen patties...all supplements. Water is a different story. Your flow is going to be over, and your "honey" is going to be sugar syrup. No need to be feeding.
 
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