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I have some MegaBee pollen substitute. Should I give them some? I have given them some plain sugar cake. We are just now transitioning out of regular freezing temps. Finally! And both my first year hives are still hanging in there. It was really encouraging to see orientation flights today.
 

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Also it's hitting 50 degrees by noon tomorrow with a high of 60. But then back down to highs of low 40s for the next week. Should I give them syrup for just a day? 2:1?
 

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I plan on open feeding some dry pollen substitute the next couple days here in southeast Michigan and see how they take it. Looks to me that we are at least a week away from the first of any tree pollen coming in. Some of the maple trees and elm have swollen buds from what I can see, and a week of nice weather could have them popping. I am continuing to feed sugar slush (yesterday) to all my hives and they are eating it fast. Colony populations are noticeably growing, so I suspect there is lots of brood being raised right now, so the food supply needs to be continuously coming in, in one way or another.
 

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I've been tucking small amounts of patties into my remaining hive on those rare warm days that we've seen, for the last month. They're taking it but seem more interested in the dry flour that is out at an open feed station. They are also heavy into the sugar blocks that came out of my deadouts.

There are increasing numbers of new bees lately, and I just saw the first drones over the weekend.
 
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