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VitaFeed Patty: Pollen Supplement

VitaFeed Patty label EnglishVitaFeed Patty is a protein-rich feed that boosts honey bee health, increases brood area and increases honey production. VitaFeed Patty is a rigorously tested, GMO-free nutritional supplement that can be used during autumn and spring to increase colony strength and promote controlled colony growth. VitaFeed Patty is scientifically formulated and rich in vitamins, nucleotides and amino acids, specifically developed to boost your bees.

Key Facts

  • Stimulatory pollen-rich feed for honey bees
  • Promotes controlled population growth, corrects nutritional deficiencies and extends bee lifespan
  • Boosts brood rearing, leading to stronger colonies and increased honey production
  • Most effective when used in autumn to produce stronger winter bees

Bees feeding on VitaFeed Patty

What is VitaFeed Patty

VitaFeed Patty is:

  • a nutritional supplement very similar in composition to natural pollen
  • packed with easily digested proteins to correct nutritional deficiencies
  • highly palatable with optimum particle size for easy consumption
  • for use at times of low-quality pollen to stimulate increased honey production
  • a pollen supplement that increases bee lifespan, containing prebiotics to boost honey bee immune systems and enhance colony health

How VitaFeed Patty Helps

Honey bees need protein, but not all pollen has the same protein content. VitaFeed Patty ensures that bees have sufficient protein to enable healthier colony development and thereby increased honey production. The high palatability and simplicity of applying the feed in a ready-to-use patty makes it an ideal product for any beekeeper wanting to keep healthier and more productive bees.

Rigorous trials in different countries have shown the remarkable effects of using the VitaFeed Patty supplement. Studies show that bees increase their pollen consumption by 50% when the percentage of protein in the pollen drops from 30% to 20%. When protein content drops, bees turn to their own body reserves. This in turn reduces their lifespan, their brood-rearing capability and therefore the development of the colony. VitaFeed Patty compensates for protein deficiencies. Studies have shown that use of VitaFeed Patty in spring or autumn results in an average of two additional frames of brood per colony, compared with control colonies fed only with sugar.

Bees feeding on VitaFeed Patty

When to Use VitaFeed Patty Pollen Supplement

VitaFeed Patty is most effective in preparation for winter but can also be used as a spring supplement, during colony transportation or during times of reduced forage availability (for example resulting from confinement due to sustained Asian hornet predation):

  • As a wintering supplement

    For faster colony build up, use VitaFeed Patty to support colony development when there is a lack of pollen

  • As a spring boost

    For increased honey production, use VitaFeed Patty in combination with VitaFeed Power to stimulate increased egg laying and boost colony growth

  • During transportation

    For increased honey production, use VitaFeed Patty to stimulate increased egg laying and boost colony growth

  • During times of reduced forage availability

    Colonies suffering from sustained Asian hornet predation reduce their foraging activities to avoid attack. These colonies can be strengthened by supplementation with VitaFeed Patty. We also recommend using ApiShield or ApiProtect to trap hornets or other predators and reduce the pressure on the colony.

How to Use VitaFeed Patty

VitaFeed Patty is available in a 3 kg pack, containing 10 ready-to-use 300 g patties that can be placed directly on top of the brood frames as required. There is no need to remove the paper covering each patty, leaving it in place encourages consumption. VitaFeed Patty will also be available as a 5 kg block, which can be cut to the appropriate size for each colony and applied as required.

Where to Buy VitaFeed Patty

VitaFeed Patty is available in the UK (through Paynes Southdown Bee Farms and EH Thorne), France (Une Saison aux Abeilles), Switzerland (Apimat) and Italy (Vita Italia), with further markets to follow. Please contact your local distributor (in the UK, or Internationally) for further information about availability.

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