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February 6, 2020
Winter 2020 feeding Pollen Substitute
It is only February 5th and I’ve begun feeding protein/pollen substitute (Dadant AP23). I’ve never fed protein this early before, but the extremely mild winter to date has the bees reproducing in volume and they need protein.
I keep bees in Rappahannock County in northern Virginia at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains (zone 6b). I usually start protein in late February or early March. Once plants start producing pollen and the weather moderates I see no need to feed protein barring extended bad weather. This year I feel otherwise as I dread an extended March freeze. I’m feeding using my penthouse configuration described in this Winterization post.
The feed hole makes placing paper cups filled with prepared feed easy.