15% Protein Pollen PattiesModel: GP-1
All global patties contain scientifically formulated vitamins, mineral and fats. Specially selected, balanced and tested for optimal bee nutrition.
Anybody who raises livestock knows that success depends on making sure that the animals are properly fed at all times.
Some years and some places, bees may be able to take care of themselves, but when kept in large yards, especially in areas where monoculture has become the norm, and when the hives are intensively managed, there is a real possibility that bees may run short of good pollen or honey stores at several times of the year. Weaker hives may be unable to compete and are particularly at risk.
Chances are, most hives will survive, but they may fail to thrive. If there is a shortage of either pollen or honey, hives will reduce or stop brood rearing, and even tear out half-grown brood. Any larvae that are raised at such times will be malnourished and, when they become adults, will not be as good nurses and foragers as they might have been. The lingering effects of even temporary starvation can last for generations, and will have continuing negative impacts on splitting, honey crops, and on wintering success.
Even if pollen appears to be abundant in a hive, that the pollen may all come from one floral source -- possibly one that is inferior -- and prove to be an incomplete diet for the bees.
Supplementary protein, fed as patties, helps balance the diet and ensures adequate nutrition, both for the adult bees and for the brood being fed.
Protein is usually fed as a patty on the top bars of the brood chamber that contains the open brood. Unless the patty is within a few inches of open brood, the patty will often not be consumed, and the beekeeper may blame the patty. Often, if there are only small patches of brood on a frame or two, only the portion of the patty directly over that brood will be consumed, and the corners further away will be left untouched by the bees until the brood area expands.
Although bees will benefit from protein feeding at any time of year when they are confined, other than winter, spring is the traditional time to feed patties. Stimulating brood rearing is often the stated goal but causing early brood rearing by using substitutes and supplements can be tricky.
Even a small amount of feeding at the right time can improve bee health and increase honey crops significantly, while drastically reducing winter loss.
Feeding in early spring when the weather is unsettled, and bees may be confined for days on end has proven beneficial. So has feeding patties when there is a drought or where bees have only a few floral sources nearby due to monoculture or seasonal dearth.
Fall protein feeding has proven to be very successful in some regions to prepare bees for pollination the following spring