Early season pollen

Colonies should be bringing in good amounts of pollen by now to help raise the all-important early season brood. The willows near one of my apiaries are buzzing with foraging honey and bumblebees during the warmest part of the day. I’ve also given a few colonies an additional boost of dried pollen simply spooned onto a piece of card. They soon find this and the majority use it up quickly.

Oddly a few colonies ignore it completely … in previous years it’s not clear whether this is related to colony strength, laying rate of the queen or the amount of pollen already stored (or something else entirely).

2 thoughts on “Early season pollen

  1. MerryBee

    I have been reading your post from last year about feeding dried pollen in March to boost early colony build up. I would be interested to know how you collect and dry your pollen. Another post perhaps?

    1. David Post author

      Pollen is collected in previous years and stored frozen. You can also buy pollen in bulk from a variety of sources … small amounts are expensive, but 2-4kg quantities – from Spain for example – can work out at something like 25p/tablespoon.

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