The cat is finally out of the bag – we’re now an official stockist of Feedbee in Australia! One of the main questions we are asked is how to feed this pollen supplement to bees. This blog will tell you a step by step process of preparing a Feedbee patty to feed to your beehive!
Ingredients: (for feeding 4 hives)
1 cup sugar syrup mixture (1:1 ratio – meaning 1 cup of water and 1 cup white sugar)
Tools you need:
Used newspaper / any paper
Step 1: Mix Feedbee and Sugar Syrup
In a large mixing bowl, mix the 250g of Feedbee powder and the 1 cup of sugar mixture. If you require a large amount, feel free to adjust accordingly. Stir well until the mixture forms a runny patty and that there are no powder clumps.
Step 2: Put the patty mixture on a piece of paper.
To feed this to the bees, scoop a spoonful of the patty to a used newspaper or any unused paper you have. Fold the paper in half, covering the mixture. Next, proceed to slice up 2 straight lines on both sides of the paper. This will make it easy for the bees to access the feed.
Step 3: Install the patty to the beehive.
Once you have your paper feed mixture, install this to the brood box. This will give the bees easy access to the feed to provide food for the brood! Trim any excess paper to make it easy for the bees. Do not worry about the paper as the bees will chew this up to gain access to the feed.
Please note, do not mix your sugar syrup feed with the Feedbee feed. Its always good to have them separate – i.e. keep the sugar feed in a feeder (Blue Top Feeder or a Frame Feeder), while the patty feed in the same way we’ve mentioned previously. Goodluck!
Here’s a Youtube video we’ve produced to help you with how to make a patty! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9MtfK4kBXI&feature=youtu.be
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