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Power Feed™

Available in both bags of Powder and cartons of Patties

VitaHive™ Power Feed™ is a powerful pollen supplement that not only delivers optimal nutrition to your hive but also significantly boosts your brood, bee health and longevity.

The development of Power Feed wasn’t something that happened overnight. For more than a year we reviewed, researched, tested, trialled and toiled over hundreds of ingredients. The result? The ultimate in bee nutrition; a highly effective, complete, protein-based pollen supplement that provides substantial health and productivity benefits to your hives.

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Product Summary

VitaHive™ Power Feed™ is a powerful pollen supplement that not only delivers optimal nutrition to your hive but also significantly boosts your brood, bee health and longevity.

The development of Power Feed wasn’t something that happened overnight. For more than a year we reviewed, researched, tested, trialled and toiled over hundreds of ingredients. The result? The ultimate in bee nutrition; a highly effective, complete, protein-based pollen supplement that provides substantial health and productivity benefits to your hives.

Power Feed contains a unique, highly researched and specially blended mix of pH balanced proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals to provide your hives with the nutrition they need to thrive (plus they love the taste!). More importantly Power Feed is GMO free and does not contain any soy or animal products.

It’s one thing getting the right ingredients but its another making them work to benefit your bees. Power Feed is proudly made in New Zealand using advanced milling techniques that significantly reduces the particle size of the ingredients. This is important. Why? When you’re as small as a bee a smaller particle makes a BIG difference. Smaller particles have a larger surface to volume ratio; when it comes to bees, this significantly improves digestion, bioavailability and uptake of the nutrients.

VitaHive Power Feed is the perfect feed during times of low pollen availability or high energy demand. Feeding in autumn and spring can boost hive health; reduce winter losses and prime hives for the coming season.

Power Feed is available in both ready to mix powder and pre-made ready-to-go patties.

Product Highlights

  • Balanced amino acids with the highest protein levels in the market
  • Plant based proteins - 75% of the protein in Power Feed is grown in NZ
  • Advanced milling techniques deliver significantly smaller particle sizes than traditional bee feed products*, resulting in improved bioavailability and nutrition
  • pH balanced for preservation and bee palatability
  • 18 added vitamins and minerals - chosen to mimic high-quality pollen and support bee health
  • High zinc which is linked to brood rearing, increased royal jelly and immune function
  • GMO free
  • Free from soy and indigestible sugars
  • New Zealand made and manufactured
  • Rigorous quality control using accredited NZ laboratories
  • Excellent uptake and in line with MegaBee in feeding trials
  • Power Feed™ Patties are the only patties available with a flax seed oil blend. This contains the optimal ratio of different length fatty acids, which have been shown to assist immunity and digestive health

*85% of particles measured less than 108 microns

Feeding Tips

Before you’re ready to feed you should make a few observations:

  1. How strong is the hive you’re feeding?
  2. What natural pollen is available?
  3. What time of year is it?
Knowing these three things you can adjust your feeding quantity and technique for best results.

Autumn feeding

The aim here is to prepare your hives for winter. Going in stronger and with “fatter” bees has been linked to higher survival rates. We want to maintain our queen laying as long as possible and ensure there is enough honey stored to last until the next flow or feed. To do this we recommend beginning feeding in early autumn and continuing through until you winter down your hives. For a single depth box with at least 7 frames of bees, feeding 1-1.5kg of patties per hive over this period will be enough. Break this volume down into numerous fees across autumn (4 to 6, 250 gram patties).

Spring feeding

Feeding coming out of winter should be tapered in. Don’t add more than the hive can consume as it is wasteful and will end up being discarded.

Coming out of winter your bees will be older and less capable to take up large quantities of food. The aim is therefore to feed and develop nurse bees, however as brood is likely to be low, their numbers will also be low. The best way to start feeding Power Feed is with a single pattie (250g) or more ideally, feed both Power Feed and Brood Booster together. Do this towards the end of winter by adding Brood Booster to standard 67 brix liquid sugar (for use in feeders) or blend the mix into some of your first and second rounds of pattie feeds. Utilising Brood Booster with Power Feed in this way will further speed up the queens laying, leading to increased numbers of nurse bees. After a couple of weeks start with your regular feeding rounds. Keep in mind a strong hive is a hungry hive and can consume 500 grams of pattie in about 8-10 days.

Emergency feeding

Pollen turn over in a hive is very quick. Bees need a continuous supply. If for some reason you expect your hives to be cut off from foraging for more than a few days we’d recommend adding a small pattie to get them through. For example, if a week of rain is forecast or you know that there are no flowers blooming in your area the supplemental feeding would be advisable.

Mixing Instructions

Powder

  1. Mix 1kg dry powder with 1L of heavy liquid sugar (67 brix) and 60-80mls of flax seed oil*
  2. Blend thoroughly
  3. Form into thin patties using wax paper
* For optimal nutrition flax seed oil is recommended, this can be substituted for vegetable oil if required.

Patties will firm up over time. For a softer patty, or if you won’t be feeding within 1-2 days, increase the sugar syrup volume by 25%.

Patties

Nothing to do here! Power Feed Patties are ready-to-go right out of the carton.

How to use

Place Power Feed patties directly onto the top bars of the lowest brood chamber. Placement in proximity to the brood area improves uptake and benefit.

Leaving wax paper on will not affect uptake or harm your bees, however this should ideally be removed before placement in the hives.

NOTE: Care should be taken to ensure patties do not fall between frames and onto the bottom board. As with any food product, these pieces may attract rodents which could result in damage to the hive.

Unused powder should be stored in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight. For storage between seasons refrigeration is recommended. Best before 1 year from date of manufacture.

Power Feed Patties can be frozen and stored for up to 1 year. Thaw patties slowly at room temperature by removing them from the freezer 1-2 days before use. Frozen patties may break or crumble when being moved. them to thaw fully for easiest handling.

Do not use frozen patties in bee hives.

Nutritional Profile

More than a list of what’s inside! The ingredients in VitaHive Power Feed have been scientifically selected and carefully balanced in order to provide optimum nutrition and uptake. Plus, they’re GMO free and contain no animal by-products.

Interested in a comparison against MegaBee? View it here.

VitaHive Power Feed ingredients include: plant sourced proteins, sucrose syrup, glucose syrup, flax/canola oil blend (Power Feed RTG Patties), vitamin and mineral blend, citric acid.

Power Feed Powder Power feed RTG Patties
Protein 50.8% 50.8%
Fat 3.56% 3.56%
pH 4.61 4.61
Ash* 3.5% 3.5%
Mesh size 85% LT** 108 Micron 85% LT** 108 Micron
Moisture 4.8% 4.8%
Zinc 53 53
Calcium 1500 1500
Sodium mg/kg 4800 4800
Blend Ratio 1 kg : 1.3 kg (1000 mls)

*What is ash? This isn’t what you’ll find in your fireplace! Ash is the term given to blends of minerals and salts.

**Less than

Power Feed and MegaBee Nutritional Comparison

Power Feed Powder Mega Bee Powder
Protein 50.8% 38.3%
Fat 3.56% 2.00%
pH 4.61 4.29
Ash* 3.5% 2.8%
Mesh size 85% LT** 108 Micron 90% LT** 108 Micron
Moisture 4.8% 6.5%
Zinc 53 52
Calcium 1500 1470
Sodium mg/kg 4800 3200
Blend Ratio 1 kg : 1.3 kg (1000 mls) 1 kg : 1 kg (750 mls)

So is more protein better? We think so! In fact we know it is. Numerous studies show that higher levels of protein in supplemental feeding are most effective at building and developing hives.

What about fats? Recognising the importance of natural fats in bee feed products we opted for less refined protein sources. This leaves more of the naturally occurring plant fats in the powder, increasing nutritional benefits to the bees.

Why is the blend ratio different to MegaBee? This is simply a result of the powder moisture content, Power Feed being 4.8% and MegaBee being 6.5%.

*What is ash? This isn’t what you’ll find in your fireplace! Ash is the term given to blends of minerals and salts.

**Less than

FAQs

How does Power Feed help my hives?

Power Feed is a protein and carbohydrate supplement for your hive. An easy comparison is that it’s a nectar and pollen supplement. Power Feed has been formulated to deliver all the needed amino acids, vitamins and minerals for optimal beehive growth. Ingredients in Power Feed are ground into very fine particles using advanced milling equipment. These smaller particles not only improve uptake but also increase the availability of nutrition to your bees.

After feeding Power Feed you’ll see is an increase in royal jelly production, increased brood and ultimately stronger hives. Supplement feeding helps when natural pollen levels are low or are of poor nutritional quality. When nutrition drops the queen begins to slow down her laying. Using Power Feed can extend the laying strength in the autumn and also increase the rate of laying coming out of winter. See feeding tips below for more details on the best ways to feed.

How and when do I feed Power Feed?

Before you’re ready to feed you should make a few observations; how strong is the hive you’re feeding, what natural pollen is available and what time of year is it? Knowing these three things you can adjust your feeding quantity and technique for best results.

Before you’re ready to feed you should make a few observations:

  1. How strong is the hive you’re feeding?
  2. What natural pollen is available?
  3. What time of year is it?
Knowing these three things you can adjust your feeding quantity and technique for best results.

Autumn feeding

The aim here is to prepare your hives for winter. Going in stronger and with “fatter” bees has been linked to higher survival rates. We want to maintain our queen laying as long as possible and ensure there is enough honey stored to last until the next flow or feed. To do this we recommend beginning feeding in early autumn and continuing through until you winter down your hives. For a single depth box with at least 7 frames of bees, feeding 1-1.5kg of patties per hive over this period will be enough. Break this volume down into numerous fees across autumn (4 to 6, 250 gram patties).

Spring feeding

Feeding coming out of winter should be tapered in. Don’t add more than the hive can consume as it is wasteful and will end up being discarded.

Coming out of winter your bees will be older and less capable to take up large quantities of food. The aim is therefore to feed and develop nurse bees, however as brood is likely to be low, their numbers will also be low. The best way to start feeding Power Feed is with a single pattie (250g) or more ideally, feed both Power Feed and Brood Booster together. Do this towards the end of winter by adding Brood Booster to standard 67 brix liquid sugar (for use in feeders) or blend the mix into some of your first and second rounds of pattie feeds. Utilising Brood Booster with Power Feed in this way will further speed up the queens laying, leading to increased numbers of nurse bees. After a couple of weeks start with your regular feeding rounds. Keep in mind a strong hive is a hungry hive and can consume 500 grams of pattie in about 8-10 days.

Emergency feeding

Pollen turn over in a hive is very quick. Bees need a continuous supply. If for some reason you expect your hives to be cut off from foraging for more than a few days we’d recommend adding a small pattie to get them through. For example, if a week of rain is forecast or you know that there are no flowers blooming in your area the supplemental feeding would be advisable.

How much Power Feed should I use?

Each Power Feed Pattie weighs 250 grams. A regular feed is generally 500 grams but this doesn’t mean every hive need it. Depending on size, time of year and hive location the amount of feed will vary. The guide below provides some general guidelines on feeding amounts and assumes a tapered feeding approach has already been taken – as you continue to feed you can adapt your feed volume to what works best for your hives.
Hive size Pattie size per feeding round
Full depth – Single brood box 2 patties (500 grams)
Full depth – Double brood box 3 patties (750 grams)
Nucleus colonies 1 pattie (250 grams)
¾ - Double brood box 2 patties (500 grams)

How do I feed Power Feed?

Pattie placement is important, ensure you place the pattie on the top bars of your frames, directly above the brood area. For double brood box hives place patties on the lowest brood box. Smoke the bees down first so you squash as few as possible and put the pattie directly onto the top bars. Once in place re-assemble your hive and let them eat in peace.

NOTE: Care should be taken to ensure patties do not fall between frames and onto the bottom board. As with any food product, these pieces may attract rodents which could result in damage to your hive.

What makes Power Feed different to other pollen supplements?

The short answer is nutrition density. When you touch Power Feed patties, you’ll notice they are a firmer, stickier and denser. Power Feed powder is also higher in protein and other macro nutrients than competing products. Our patties and powder have been scientifically formulated to provide concentrated levels of nutrition which means feeding your bees the same weight of Power Feed against competing product will deliver increased amounts of nutrition.

Another great point of difference is our source. VitaHive patties and powder are proudly manufactured in New Zealand with as many ingredients as possible purchased from New Zealand producers. By doing this we can confidently say that our products are GMO free and are produced to the highest standards. We also have full control of raw material sourcing, manufacturing, quality testing and distribution.

How does Power Feed compare to MegaBee?

Power Feed Powder Mega Bee Powder
Protein 50.8% 38.3%
Fat 3.56% 2.00%
pH 4.61 4.29
Ash* 3.5% 2.8%
Mesh size 85% LT** 108 Micron 90% LT** 108 Micron
Moisture 4.8% 6.5%
Zinc 53 52
Calcium 1500 1470
Sodium mg/kg 4800 3200
Blend Ratio 1 kg : 1.3 kg (1000 mls) 1 kg : 1 kg (750 mls)

So is more protein better? We think so! In fact we know it is. Numerous studies show that higher levels of protein in supplemental feeding are most effective at building and developing hives.

What about fats? Recognising the importance of natural fats in bee feed products we opted for less refined protein sources. This leaves more of the naturally occurring plant fats in the powder, increasing nutritional benefits to the bees.

Why is the blend ratio different to MegaBee? This is simply a result of the powder moisture content, Power Feed being 4.8% and MegaBee being 6.5%.

*What is ash? This isn’t what you’ll find in your fireplace! Ash is the term given to blends of minerals and salts.

**Less than

Why is Power Feed more expensive than other pollen substitutes?

When it comes to feeding bees high quality nutrition is what matters the most – especially when you consider the positive impacts that healthy, strong and well-fed colonies have on honey production and pollination. Buying New Zealand made, GMO free, high quality ingredients and having them milled using advanced techniques doesn’t come cheap. However, we truly believe the significant benefits that come from feeding VitaHive products far outweigh the small differences in pricing against our competitors.

Can I use Power Feed all year round?

There’s no reason to. We know Power Feed is great for growing a hive in the spring and autumn but when there’s a strong nectar flow on you probably don’t need to feed.

Is Power Feed GMO free?

Yes, Power Feed is GMO free. As a proudly New Zealand made product we always aim to source as many ingredients locally as possible. Buying New Zealand made ingredients not only ensure both quality of freshness but also allows us to easily verify the GMO status of our supplier.

Has Power Feed been field tested and trialled on hives?

Yes, Power Feed has been tested on hundreds of hives. We formulated **VitaHive using the latest research on bee nutrition and are confident it will deliver great results.

Are Power Feed patties available?

Yes, we manufacture pre-made, ready-to-go patties which save the time and hassle of making your own.

How do I mix Power Feed powder?

For a complete mixing guide see our instructions here. Power Feed powder is blended at 1 KG : 1.3KG (1 L) of heavy sugar syrup. Additives such as VitaHive Brood Booster can be added to the powder as required. For a softer patty, or if you won’t be feeding within 1-2 days, increase the sugar syrup volume by 25%.

Does Power Feed expire or ‘go-off’?

Power Feed powder has a shelf life of 2 years and Power Feed Patties have 1 year. We highly recommend ordering Power Feed one season at a time. We spend a lot of time ensuring only the freshest ingredients are used in all Power Feed products, with manufacturing undertaken locally. By purchasing one season at a time you can be assured of the freshest product and highest quality nutrition for your hives.

If you do need to store Power Feed powder between seasons it should be kept in a cool dry place away from rodents and sunlight. Power Feed patties can be stored at room temperature but will store better in the fridge or freezer.

Thaw frozen patties slowly at room temperature 1 to 2 days before use. Frozen patties are quite brittle so allow to thaw fully for easiest handling.

Do not use frozen patties in bee hives.

Can I eat it?

You certainly could. All ingredients are suitable for human consumption and our manufacturing suppliers follow strict hygiene protocols. Power Feed was specially developed to be tasty for bees is there is a good chance you may not like the flavour!

What is the difference between Brood Booster and Power Feed?

Power Feed is predominately a protein and mineral supplement and Brood Booster provides higher levels of carbohydrates and specialised amino acids. During use, Brood Booster is added to sugar as a protein additive, these proteins differ from those in Power Feed due to hydrolysation (broken down to smaller fragments). Hydrolysed proteins are absorbed by the bee much faster and provide a quick boost. The protein in Power Feed is slower to digest and provides a longer-term form of nutrition. This is why in the spring we recommend starting with Brood Booster and then beginning to add Power Feed after that. Interestingly bee digestion only takes a couple of hours to complete, in humans in can take up to 30 hours or more!

Why is particle size so important?

Digestion starts in the mouth. In humans this starts with chewing and the enzymes in your saliva. Bees don’t chew and this is why smaller particle sizes are so important. We have gone to great lengths to achieve the lowest particle size. This means the bees digestive enzymes can more quickly break down the powder, providing faster uptake in the gut. Advanced milling techniques and sieving remove all fibrous particles and indigestible organic matter.

Should I add oil to my powder?

Fats and lipids are an important macronutrient. They are needed for growth and reproduction and also play a role in hormone production. Bees digest fats differently from mammals, they can only tolerate low levels in their diet. Power Feed is typically 3.5% fat, once liquid sugar is added this is even lower. We recommend adding a max of 2-4% of the total batches weight in oil.

This means if your mixing 1KG of powder and 1.3KG (1L) of heavy sugar syrup then add around 60 – 80mls of oil and blend.

The type of oil is important. We recommend a blend of flax seed oil as it has been shown to provide higher levels of nutrition than oils typically added like vegetable or canola oils. Try avoid fragrant or flavoured oils e.g. olive oil.

For a Stronger, Healthier Hive

  • Boosts Bee Health, Longevity and Colony Strength

    For improved pollination and higher honey yields

  • Advanced Milling Techniques

    Delivers significantly smaller particle sizes than traditional bee feed products, resulting in improved digestion, bioavailability and uptake of the nutrients

  • GMO and Animal Product Free

    Power Feed is not only free from genetically modified organisms (GMO free) but also does not contain soy or egg-based proteins (which have been proven to slow insect growth)

  • Science Based Nutrition

    Highly researched, highly beneficial and carefully blended ingredients deliver powerful nutritional benefits to your hive

Testimonials

Beneficial Spring and Autumn – gives them a good kick-off.

Steve Weenink
Apiflora
We trialled Brood Booster on 50 hives over the winter and the queens didn't stop laying at all! They all have a solid 8 frames of bees and brood as of 25/8/2018. Needless to say they need splitting now, just have to find some queens!!
Ethan Paulson
Atihau Whanganui Inc