Without knowing more detail, answering is difficult.
A lot depends on your goals and intent.
Beekeepers whose intent is to produce honey crops and manage bees conventionally and stay in the mainstream will have very different ideas from those on the lists cited. I find those lists entertaining and very earnest, but would hesitate to rely on them for advice.
It sounds as if you have had bees for a while, and have done OK, so the question is likely whether you will expect to see any advantage from feeding.
My response is that the results will vary from no difference to a large difference, depending on the year. Since we cannot know the weather much in advance, many feed as insurance against a bad spring.
In my own case, although I did not always see big differences, I did notice that the little malnourished bees that we often see in spring were no longer in evidence, and also my wintering success the following winters became much better. I feed for bee health and balanced nutrition, not to "push" my bees.
If you do decide to feed, I'd advise you to be sure to buy an approved commercial supplement and be sure it is fresh. Any of the big names sold through high volume bee supplies or successful commercial beekeepers is likley to be good, but supplies you buy from a feed store or bulk foods may be inappropriate or stale.
> Do you have a preferred place to buy? One that gives fresh pollen.
Hard to say what outlet is close to you. I use Global Patties, personally. Ask around locally.
> Am still not sure if I'll need it since I sometimes have to take out pollen laden frames. That is when there's too much pollen.
Sounds as if you won't be pollen short. Natural pollen is better than any substitute, assuming that there are no poisonous plants or careless pesticide spraying in your area and that you have a good variety of pollen sources.
The supplements do help, though, if the bees are confined by a bad spring and the pollen in the hive is not close to the brood.
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