This blog explains how I keep bees. It works for me, it might not work for you. Use my methods at your own risk. Always wear protective clothing and use a smoker when working bees.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Proper Pollen Patty Placement

Two beekeepers called me yesterday to tell me they have no brood and must be queenless. They both said they had pollen patties on. After a brief conversation both told me they had the patties in a place where the bees cannot easily get at the patties, and the bees were not eating the patty.
Pollen patties need to be placed right on the cluster of bees. If the bees can't mass around part of the patty, they won't eat it. If they don't have pollen, the population of the hive will suffer.