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    Beekeeping

    Feeding Bees: Pollen Patties vs Sugar Water

    Beekeeping is a delicate balance of ensuring the health and productivity of your hive. A crucial aspect of this is feeding bees, especially during times when natural forage is scarce. Two common supplemental feeding options are pollen patties and sugar water. Each has its unique advantages and specific use cases. Understanding the differences can help beekeepers make informed decisions to support their colonies effectively. Pollen Patties Pollen patties are made from a mixture of pollen, protein supplements, and sometimes other ingredients like vitamins and minerals. They are designed to mimic natural pollen and provide bees with essential proteins and nutrients required for brood rearing and overall colony health. Advantages: Disadvantages:…

  • Beekeeping

    Feeding Pollen Patties to Bees

    While we would like for our bees to be able to feed themselves exclusively through foraging, there are times when a beekeeper must step in to feed their colonies. When necessary, beekeepers will feed their bees either pollen patties or sugar syrup.   Feeding bees can mean the difference between a strong colony and one that is struggling to survive.  Of course, there is a correct way to feed bees.  Knowing when to feed pollen patties to bees is essential.   What are Pollen Patties? Pollen patties are a type of bee food that is made to simulate pollen. Pollen patties do not usually contain real pollen.  Instead, they are a mixture…