Dawn, not sure to your question yet. I’m
Guessing a couple weeks … Depending local pollen supplies. I’d like to supplement my need of pollen for making pollen patties.
I worked with a small commercial beekeeper two weeks ago. We added pollen traps to 3/4 of his hives. From what I understand he will leave the traps on for a month … I only have the trap on my two strongest hives n the bees seem to bee dealing with the trap fairly well.
The traps I bought do have a by-pass mode/position should I need to reroute the bees thru normal entrance route. This is all a bit new to me so more questions than answers at this point. What you think ? I’ll share what I see n observe here from time to time. I just checked this morning n even the one “Cedar Hive” that was resisting/have possible issues is moving quickly in n out the trap access. I think it was a learning/routing path learning for that colony. My new Flow-hive took to it almost instantly (weird but true). Sure interesting the contrast between bee colonies…
We’ll need to stay in touch on this one. I believe there is a learning curve here n different thots n ideas. I really don’t know or have experience yet … If it works I’ll add more next year … If not, I may limit to only my strongest colonies. Do you use pollen patties at all, when/why or why not. I’m learning n curious as you know ! .
Ta ta n cheerio !
P.S. Here’s a few pix’s:
The first four pix’s are "Maple Hive (my Flow). They seem to have accepted the trap n bringing in best supply of pollen so far.
Next five are of one of my pullets feeding on dead bees n of “Cedar Hive” the colony I added the first trap two days ago. They don’t seem to be bringing in much yet. They took about 48 hours to full adapt. This morning both hives seem to be settled in for the loooong haul.