Feeding your hives Global Pollen (protein supplement) patties helps ensure that they produce strong and healthy colonies, by increasing brood production and overall honey flow.
Bees need both protein and carbohydrates. Feeding protein patties in the spring ensures colony health, good build-up of brood and produce large honey crops.
Patties ensure a balanced diet when bees are unable to forage due to weather, when there is a shortage of stored pollen, in monoculture areas where only a few pollen sources are to be found, are subject to competition from stronger hives in the yard or stressed by weather, pesticides, mites and diseases.
The amount of pollen does not determine the nutritional or protein value, but in fact, the consumption rate. Depending on how strong your hives are and how fast you want the hive brood to build up, will determine what percentage you should be feeding. At 15% you have a much faster build-up but much faster consumption rate as well, meaning you will have to feed more often.
In the Spring, we recommend 15% for a faster build-up so that the hive is strong and ready for the honey flow.
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