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Thread: Feeding bees

  1. #1
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    I installed two hives of bees last Thursday about 8:00am. The bees were from two nucs and I put them into 10 frame hives. I put a Miller type feeder on one and a gallon pail type plastic feeder on the other. Saturday morning about 10 am I went to check on the feeders. They were both empty. One hive is stronger than the other and I found they had pulled comb on two of the new frames(Pierco). My question is "How often should I fill the feeder and should I be using a hive-top feeder now or just pail or glass jar feeders?

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    Bluff City, TN USA
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    The hive top feeder is my favorite, but the others are fine. I keep feed on mine as long as they have comb to draw. When they lose interest in the feed, you'll know that it's time to quit.

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    Jim

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    Mason, MI, USA
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    I have used both miller type and the bucket feeder and both seem to work very good but the glass jar/boardman can cause robbing between colonies

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    Clinton Bemrose

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    If you are planning on going into winter with two deeps fully drawn I would feed them non stop until September. Even if there is a flow on they may use the feed at night to build up the foundation.

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    Thanks for all of you input. I have noticed that the bees don't seem to be foraging very much. Could this be because they are eating syrup and not going out? I am going to continue feeding them but maybe not so much at a time.

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    Thanks for all of your input. I have noticed that the bees don't seem to be foraging very much. Could this be because they are eating syrup and not going out? I am going to continue feeding them but maybe not so much at a time.

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