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 bird feeder) in early spring when the bees are flying but the flowers are not yet in bloom.
Dry pollen substitute
Prep time: 15 minutes
Allergy: Milk, Soy
Dietary: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Meal type: Side Dish, Snack
Occasion: Spring, Winter
3 Parts soy flour
1 Part brewer’s yeast
1 Part dry milk (instant or non-instant baker’s milk)
1 teaspoon of 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 first three ingredients in a bowl.
- Take some vitamin C tablets and crush them 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 pollen substitute can be 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 or other covered container near the hive.