Updated: Sep 9, 2019
On episode 2 of my new podcast titled Beekeeper Confidential, Bill Catherall and I prepare pollen patties. We used Ultra Bee Powder which can be purchased in quantities ranging from 1lb to 1500lbs. Ultra Bee needs to be mixed with a 2:1 sugar syrup which can be prepared a head of time.
3 1/2 cups of Ultra Bee Powder
2 1/2 cups of 2:1 sugar syrup
Mix until smooth
Allow mixture to rest overnight (refrigerated is OK)
Mix into patties as needed; place spoonful in between sheets of wax paper and flatten
Pollen patties can be fed in early springtime to stimulate brood production in your colony, or in late summer early fall to provide additional protein to the nurse bees to stimulate their hypopharyngeal glands to produce more royal jelly.
You can learn more about Bill Catherall by visiting his YouTube channel, The BeeVlog.
The presentation on queen caging brood breaks is available through Portland Urban Beekeepers.
*If you live in an area with established SHB (small hive beetles) please use pollen patties with caution, the beetles like to lay eggs in them. Use smaller patties and check them regularly for signs of SHB larvae.