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Microsoja, 1kg, 5kg or 25kg - PRICE HAS BEEN REDUCED BY 25%

Microsoja, 1kg, 5kg or 25kg - PRICE HAS BEEN REDUCED BY 25%
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Expiry 10/21

We now have in stock two new protein supplements from Véto-pharma: Api-dry and Microsoja. These powder supplements can be added to a high-quality sugar syrup to use as a patty to provide the colony with added protein. This might be necessary during food shortages, in preparation for winter, going in to spring and during queen breeding.

Both of these supplements are GMO-free and include all 10 amino acids essential to bees. Despite the similarities, the supplements contain different quantities of protein and vitamins so it is therefore advised to use both Api-dry and Microsoja in the same patty to get the full coverage of amino acids. The differences between the two supplements are listed below.

Api-dry:

  • Brewer’s yeast protein supplement
  • Added vitamin B for brood development
  • Protein content of between 40 and 46%
  • Shelf life of 2 years
  • Comes in 1kg and 5kg packages

Depending on what it is intended to be used for, different quantities of each supplement should be used in each protein patty. For example, to give stronger colonies a boost in spring, a 16% protein patty should be given. This will be more solid and less palatable for the bees but more nutritious than the 8% patty. For smaller colonies or for autumn feeding, an 8% protein supplement should be given. This will be stickier than the 16% patty but will be sweeter and more attractive to the bees. The recipe for both of these are outlined below.

For a 16% protein patty, mix together:

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 50g Api-dry
  • 230g Microsoja
  • 20g vegetable oil
  • 400g sugar syrup                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

For an 8% protein patty, mix together:

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 120g Api-dry
  • 60g Microsoja
  • 20g vegetable oil
  • 500g sugar syrup

As the 16% patty is more solid, this can be rolled into balls and then flattened between two pieces of greaseproof paper. Cut some nicks into the paper and place face down on top of the brood frames. The 8% patty, being more liquid, should be placed inside a sealed bag, pierced with some small holes and then placed on top of the frames face down.

 

For more information click here.  For a full list of ingedients and a data sheet click here.

for a video showing how to mix patties see below.