NZBF: Gluten flour

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  1. Flossum

    Flossum Egg Beginner

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    I've just bought some gluten flour .it's 75 % protein .Will bees eat and digest it etc????
    Can I use that when I make pollen patties ?cause I can't get soy flour anywhere ....btw

    IM GETTING AN UP AND RUNNING BEHIVE IN ONE HOUR AND 37
    MINUTES.
     
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  2. Beefriendly

    Beefriendly Pupa Beginner

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    @Flossum
    Have you searched pollen patties on the forum
     
  3. Rob Stockley

    Rob Stockley Hive Management Hobbyist

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    Congratulations on getting your bees. Only 10mins as I type this (y)

    There is no debating that pollen supplements are good for bees. Commercial beekeepers have used them to build colonies up for polination and early season crops. But be aware that hobbyists using them widely is a recent thing. As a hobbyist you shouldn't need to push your bees to take up protein when they wouldn't do so naturally.

    If your bees are in trouble and desperately need protein then I suggest using commercially prepared pollen substitutes. These will work as expected before winter bites. Save your home brew pollen experiments for spring when the bees will have all summer to recover if you get it wrong.

    I must be a slow typist. By now you've had bees for 10 minutes already. Congratulations.
     
  4. nikki watts

    nikki watts Pupa Donor 2016 Semi Commercial

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    Congratulations. How's life as a beekeeper.
     
  5. Flossum

    Flossum Egg Beginner

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    Thankyou Nikki and Rob.it's soooo exciting .they didn't like there hour and a half drive home .but they are much calmer now.
    Now to fill out paper work lol ...Ok I have to register hives with assure quality ..is there any other groups I have to register with ?
     
  6. Rob Stockley

    Rob Stockley Hive Management Hobbyist

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    Maybe your local council. Best ask your local beekeeping club about that one.
     
  7. Flossum

    Flossum Egg Beginner

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    I've just been to assure quality website ....didn't have to print anything .filled it in online ..is that suitable ?
    Yes I will ask at the next meeting ....:) ( will find out when that is Tomorrow?
    The guy that sold me the bees has given me a little folder of stuff .local contacts etc he was really lovely to deal with !!!
     
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  8. Rob Stockley

    Rob Stockley Hive Management Hobbyist

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    Perfect (y) it could be up to a month before to get a package of information in the mail. They're not a big staff and pretty busy this time of year.
     
  9. Beefriendly

    Beefriendly Pupa Beginner

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    Welcome to the adventure of beeking @Flossum
    You can update your status from wannabee
    Through the forum we have found an experienced mentor and that has made a huge difference.
     
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  10. Grant

    Grant The Beekeeper Donor 2016 Hobbyist

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    You can change from a wanna be now too(y)
     

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