This is a recipe for an emergency pollen substitute (adapted from a Scottish Beekeepers recipe) I used last year. It saved several hives which would otherwise have fizzled out. This is for early spring use or when they have run out of pollen.
Please note – when bees become very weak they will not take a pollen substitute; they seem to lose the will to live and only sunshine will save them.
- 300g Soya Flour
- 100g Brewers Yeast
- 100g Skimmed Milk Powder
- 1kg honey
- Mix together all the dry ingredient;
- Warm the honey just enough to make it easier to mix;
- Pour the honey into the dry ingredients and mix it all together into a stiff paste;
- Shape it up into patties slim enough to fit beneath the crownboad;
- Place each patty on a square of oiled greaseproof paper and stack them into a poly box or similar.
This quantity would make about a dozen patties.
To feed the bees – place the patty directly onto the bees underneath the crownboard. Leave the paper in place to stop it drying out.
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