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Bees stock pollen for the late winter buildup. They will start raising brood sometimes as early as January and almost always by February and will continue as long as the pollen lasts and usually it will last until the Maples bloom and it's warm enough to get some pollen.
 

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One of the mistakes we make is we assume that pollen does not keep well, and it actually doesn't, but the bees are using the pollen to make bee bread, a fermented product which does keep well. It's like the difference between cabbage and sauerkraut. Real sauerkraut. Or milk and yogurt. It's fermented, but by the right microbes.
 
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