This was my reason for asking from another thread. As this seemed to be in Canada (and later posts state that the pollen is personally imported), I thought I would ask about availability. Just curiosity, but not enough to kill the cat as it were.What for?
My recipe is:
20 L water
60 kg of the finest irradiated Chinese bee pollen
60 kg granulated sugar
10 kg soya flour just to dry the mix up.
In my experience anything less than this can damage bees. Nature can be stingy here as far as bees go on account of all the rain. If we use commercially available patties with up to 15% pollen we do not get good results. The problems come when we start with 10 frames of bees and end up with 4-5 frames of bees after feeding those patties. We have a tendency to start a bit early. Bees need pollen in those situations not soya, not brewers yeast. We have damaged our bees on more than one occasion with wrong patties. At times too with poor foraging weather and too high levels of soya or brewers yeast we constipate the bees and inflict big damage. We have done this on more than one occasion. Now we start a little bit later and we do not push the bees as hard, i.e. we give smaller patties to start. We also get very good results by placing irradiated pollen in the empty cells next to the cluster. We splash Caspian solution on top to wet it. In a day or two the pollen has been processed by the bees and is stored in the cells. They use it at their leisure. THey brood up following some cues they get from nature. Some colonies start using it immediately others wait 10 days 2 weeks. Just depends... bees being bees and all.
Yeah, I've heard horror stories about using it. The expense for using it on a larger scale is already high, once you add in the risk variable it just isn't worth it.I gave a whole small beeyard foulbrood from feeding natural pollen in patty form. I will ONLY use irradiated pollen if I use it in patties. The radiation kills all pathogens.The upside to that was, I learned to make good patties with protien powder. No pollen.
As we all know, pollen is considered a "superfood" in the health/supplement industry, and you can make some money collecting and selling it for human consumption. But buying it to feed your bees is a little like dividing by zero if you're trying to run a profitable operation.I have never seen irradiated pollen. It differ from unirradiated pollen? How can we be sure that it has been irradiated?