Bee that eats chicken feed?

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  1. Cyngbaeld

    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

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    What kind of bee eats chicken feed? It didn't look exactly like a honey bee but was a bee. They were swarming over the container of dry chicken feed and digging thru it for small pieces that they stuck to their back legs and then flew off with. Strangest thing I'v ever seen a bee do.
     
  2. james dilley

    james dilley Well-Known Member Supporter

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    There After the Proyein, Thats in the feed, Theres A article/post on Bee Source on this.
     

  3. Cyngbaeld

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    Thanks, James, you wouldn't happen to have a link would you?
     
  4. yardbird tx

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    I think most wasp and some bees are carnivors. They are atracted to the proteen in the feed, as said before. I know that the wood bees around here look very simalar to honney bees.

    http://www.greensmiths.com/bees.htm

    Theres good info at that link.
     
  5. Terri

    Terri Singletree & Weight Loss & Permaculture Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    Wasps ARE omnivores who eat meat, but even a honey bee in the early spring will want the feed dust. They need plenty of protien dust to feed to the brood, and soy dust is a fair replacement for (high-protien) pollen.