Recipe for dry pollen substitute
The addition of vitamin C is optional, but many beekeepers believe it encourages the bees to consume the pollen substitute. The mix can be put in an open feeder (such as a birdfeeder) in early spring when the bees are flying but not much is in bloom.
Dry pollen substitute
|Prep time||15 minutes|
|Dietary||Gluten Free, Vegetarian|
|Meal type||Side Dish, Snack|
- 3 parts soy flour
- 1 part brewer's yeast
- 1 part dry milk (instant or non-instant baker's milk)
- 1 teaspoon vitamin C (for every 6 cups of mixture)
It is best to measure these ingredients by weight instead of volume. For example, if you use three pounds of soy, use one pound of yeast and one pound of dry milk.
|Put the the first three ingredients in a bowl.|
|Take some vitamin C tablets and crush into a powder.|
|Add one teaspoon of crushed vitamin C for every six cups of mix.|
|Thoroughly combine the ingredients.|
|In the winter, the dry mix can sprinkled on the top bars or put in a feeder above the brood box. In the early spring, the mix can be placed in a bird feeder near the hive.|