What Beekeepers Say Concerning Using Pollen Substitutes

Pollen is a source of protein, vitamins, mineral and some carbohydrates for honeybees. One pollen alone does not provide a bee with all the nutrients they need to be healthy, so a variety of pollens are needed to provide them will all the nutrients they need.

Without these nutrients, bees will not be able to make the royal jelly required to feed the queen and care for brood. If the weather will not allow the bees to leave the hive for a number of days to collect pollen, and there is truly a small amount stored in the combs, it may be vital the beekeeper to feed the bees a pollen alternate. Simultaneously the beekeeper will feed them sugar syrup.

The main ingredient used in making a pollen substitute is brewer’s yeast. The yeast may possibly be fed to the bees dry, except the bees may possibly better use the yeast after it is prepared into patties together with the texture of peanut butter. So as to moisten the patties, 50% sucrose syrup is mostly added to the yeast. The patties are wrapped in wax paper or placed inside plastic bags to keep them moist. The beekeepers that make use of the high fructose corn syrup may well mix the patties using that syrup. Other elements may perhaps be added to the patties that offer more nutrients than the yeast and syrup mixture alone.


Beekeepers may well add casein, lactalbumin or soy flour to their mix. If the beekeeper use the casein and lacatalbumin it is crucial for them to watch out for lactose and over 2% sodium. After the beekeepers use soy flour, they attempt to get the “debittered” soy flour that has been processed and retains some lipids, and toasted to knock out enzymes that hamper with the bees’ digestion. Continually be positive to check the information on the soy flour.

The beekeeper might like to know if the soy is a “high sucrose” variety or consists mostly stachyose. Stachyose is deadly to bees. Beekeepers may every now and then add a “feed yeast” like for instance Torula to the pollen combination to improve the nutrients in the alternate. The majority of them don’t use it because of the high price.

Pollen alternates do not improve brood making as well as pollen resources brought in by the bees themselves. Because of the pollen replacement brood nurture may perhaps not stop all together should the weather conditions stay awful for a while. A beekeeper may have a fatter bee while using a pollen alternate. There are a few spots where pollen is scarce in the late summer and fall. If the beekeeper feeds the bees pollen replacement intended for a fatter bee, a fatter bee will wintry weather better and nurture additional brood the next spring compared to their non-fed counterparts.

Bees are not fond of pollen replacements. It has to be place precisely in contact with the bees and as close to the brood as possible. As long as the bees are bringing in a drip of pollen the substitute may well be eaten. If there is no pollen being brought in, the replacement may well be ignored and would decay over time. There are some commercially formulated pollen replacements on the market that claim the pollen alternate is truly attractive to the bees that they may possibly consume it anytime the alternate is offered. No individual has verified those claims.

For additional articles along with general information about beekeeping visit http://www.thebeekeeper.info.

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8 Responses to “What Beekeepers Say Concerning Using Pollen Substitutes”

  1. mituro36 on


  2. jmallard34 on

    I like it when we can get to gether to problem solve……Great April fools! My frind that got me intereseted in bees wraps his hive up in a hot fence that uses battery and solar power to keep the bears at bay. So far its been affective from what he reports.

  3. tappakeggaday1 on

    that was awsome!!!would love to see a video of a few skunks coming to a hive with a hot wire around it and spraying each other when they hit the wire

  4. Roland00111 on

    a day earlier…..

  5. OutOfaBlueSky on

    @waynesb Not sure, but I do know they don’t dig up german landmines for defense against bears. Although, I like the orbital lasers idea.

  6. waynesb on

    Cute, but I don’t believe they have skunks in Europe, do they?

  7. OutOfaBlueSky on

    @tzkelley Yep, I’d say 2 nades per bear would do it. Too bad I had to edit out the flame thrower option, it was fun, but dragged out a bit too long. Surprised more haven’t commented on this yet.

  8. tzkelley on

    Skunks are nothing. Be glad you don’t have bears to deal with! I may have to head south and get some of those grenades to take care of my bear problem.

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