Honey Bee feed can provide food when natural supplies are not available. The beekeeper can also stimulate the honey bees into raising brood before the natural stimulants are in abundance. Often times getting a head start on the spring flowers will help the bees build up the colony for the honey flow that follows the spring build up of honey bees. Winter patties help to keep the honey bees alive when the winter is ending, a critical time of the year when honey bees often starve. When the spring floral sources have not yet bloomed, broodbuilder and pollen substitutes get the honey bees going ready to visit the flowers when they bloom and have the nectar available.