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I was advised by a fellow beekeeper that the Russian bees do not take pollen substitutes. I am expecting two packages in April and have not had any experience with the Russian bees. I am wondering if anyone has had success and what products/methods worked and those that didn't. Any advise is appreciated.
 

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I feed my Russians MEGABEE and they eat a lot of it. Put it right on top of the brood nest as advised.
 

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I was advised by a fellow beekeeper that the Russian bees do not take pollen substitutes. I am expecting two packages in April and have not had any experience with the Russian bees. I am wondering if anyone has had success and what products/methods worked and those that didn't. Any advise is appreciated.
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The consumption of pollensubstitute is directly correlated to the presence of a mated queen and the proximity of the patty to the brood nest.
The consumption is also related to the photoperiod, size of the cluster, % sugar in the pattyand if you are feeding supplemental syrup.
If the patty is dry the bees may refuse it.
The Russians are a good breed and they have their place in the industry.
They respond rapidly to a pollen or nectal dearth.
Their winter cluster may give you some concern.
They like to make emergency queen cell cups.
They are a gentle bee to work with and they make good comb. I have never had a russian queen, even a 3rd generation open bred queen. that did not make good straight comb on Pierco plastic frames!
Enjoy them and give the queens plenty of brood room.
As far as pollination goes, almonds, they do not stand up to the Italians because of their slowness to build big clusters of bees. Almond growers pay for the frame count.
You will need to do IPM for Varroa mite control.
Ernie
 
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