I was in a hurry and found the link a bit hard to follow but I couldn't find any controls. Did they use a "no" Caspian control?Here's an interesting paper that uses Caspian solution:
Pleas read and make comments.
If they fed the heck out of them and treated accordingly, I am sure most if not all made it to Spring.I too wonder how many built up and overwintered
Thanks Ernie,Her's some older postings about the Caspian Soloution:
Ive gone 2 to 20 this year. If all my splits made I would likely have 35 or so. Always a gamble, never 100%. Never the less, good article. If all beekeepers had the good fortune these folks did the beekeeping industry as a whole would bee in better shape.Interesting paper, makes 5 hives to 20 seem doable in the spring.
No idea how many will winter.How many of those 20 do you think will overwinter? I know your winters arn't as bad, but still 2 to 20 is a big expansion.
What happened to the splits that didn't make it? How did they fail?
Can you expand on those thoughts more.proper nutrition for bees to be able to produce worker jelly and royal jelly means that bees need to consume pollen, not any other protein supplement. Other supplements do not have the same effect
d)for bees to be able to consume protein, they need to receive pheromone from the larva. That's why queenless hives, or wintering hives, don't consume pollen even if they have lots in the frames of pollen