Feeding patties - splits

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Murrell, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. Murrell

    Murrell New Member

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    Have 2 splits about 5 weeks old, one doing good other one slow !

    I have been feeding 1-1

    I have some frozen patties in the freezer
    [ of which I am reminded quite often ]
    they are bring in some pollen.

    Think if I thru a patty on it might give them a boost ?

    We should be getting ragweed soon,

    Murrell
     
  2. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    I have found that pollen patties are like sugar syrup when they find a better source they will not touch it. I would suggest if they are bringing in pollen I would save the patties for spring
     

  3. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    I am in full agreement with riverrat.

    the exception to the above.... if upon inspection I didn't see any stored pollen in the languishing hive I would likely give them 1/3 of a patty as insurance and see how long it took to take it up. pollen patties are a real problem to feed at this time of year if you have any shb at all.
     
  4. camero7

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    I have patties on all my nucs right now. Bees are working them pretty hard, even though we're getting good pollen. I believe that bees respond to patties most of the time. But then I don't have shb problems up here.
     
  5. brooksbeefarm

    brooksbeefarm New Member

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    Murrell those patties might taste good with a slice of tomatoe. :lol: I was out putting electric fence around my last sweet corn patch (an acre) yesterday, and it sounded like i was inside a bee hive. Every tossel had two to five bees on it and their back leges were packed. :thumbsup: I'm thinking that i should put out a late sweet corn patch even if it won't make, just for the bees to collect pollen for winter. Jack
     
  6. gunsmith

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    Go for it Jack! As much as I love sweet corn, the girls happiness is more important than mine. I wish I had the land to put out more bee plants.
     
  7. Murrell

    Murrell New Member

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    Ok, Jack:

    Got me thinking, I got about 3-3&1/2 acres, of ground I don't do any thing with.
    Now early this spring I bought me a big rear tine tiller, but with the tornado didn't get a chance to use it, lets see, tomatoes, sweet corn, a couple of genie hens, a pig or two, 500 lb. beef, a couple more hives of bees ???

    Oh, I forgot I'm retired !

    Murrell
     
  8. brooksbeefarm

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    Murrell, were not retired, that's for old people. We have just worked for other people till we can be are own boss nowaday. :lol: Had an old uncle tell me one time when we were pitching oats and i complained how hard it was (i was 12 or 13 yrs. old) He said ain't nothing work it's just something to do. :confused: I guess that's one way to look at it, it had to be done. Jack