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Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Charles, Aug 31, 2009.
Received this in email, thought I would post it to the group for her benefit:
And your answer was????
Sorry G3, I was on my way out the door headed for work when I posted and emailed her. My email back to her basically went something like this:
I've never seen a protein pattie mix with crisco in it and asked for a link...
Q2) I wouldn't, it is a "protien" pattie after all
Q3) Wouldn't hurt but wouldn't help either
Q4) No it dosn't have to be crisco, crisco is just a brand name
Question 1) Can I use brewers yeast and nutritional yeast interchangably?
>I have and either seems to work just fine. cost of course is vastly different.
Question 2) Can I skip the soy flour?
>yes you may but generally you are trying to cut the high protein content of brewer yeast somewhat. and that would be defatted soy.
I have seen a recipe for tracheal mite control that was sugar and crisco.
>in anyplace with shb the old grease patties are not such a great idea. they use to use a similar pattie for terramycin/afb control.
Question 3) Can I use brewers yeast, sugar and crisco?
>sure. crisco slows consumption and sugar speeds it up.
Question 4) Does it have to be crisco or can it be any vegetable shortening?
>no it need not be crisco actually you would likely have better result from canola oil (which has a molecule that is highly beneficial to the bees).
Last question) What are the ratios that I should use.
> 2/3 brewers yeast and 1/3 sugar and just enough oil to stick it together without making the pattie too goopie (is that a word?). I would likley check in the hive first to check to see how much pollen the girls already have stored. if pollen seemed sufficient at or near the brood nest I would not really waste my time or money on pollen pattties. that is to say unless pollen is obviously insufficient there is little to be gained by feeding something they already have in sufficient quantities (in economic speak the marginal value of doing so is almost zero). others have suggest that once started you need to keep a constant source of pollen patties on the hive.