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  1. #1
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    Feb 2005
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    I am hiving my first package tonight after work. With regards to the frame feeder...is it necessary to attach wire or some other sort of "bee footing" to the inside of the feeder. It is a plastic frame feeder and I am afraid of the bees simply falling in and drowning as the level of fluid decreases. Any advice?

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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    If you don't put in a "ladder" of screen wire or #8 hardware cloth an awful lot of bees will drown. If you DO put in a "ladder" of screen wire a lot of bees will drown, but not nearly as many. They will fall in and they will drown. If you put in a ladder AND a float (a small strip of wood the size of the bottom of the feeder works well) then even less will drown.

    I try to put in a float and a ladder.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  3. #3
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    Feb 2005
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    Thanks Michael...it is amazing how well common sense works. I am glad that you confirmed my suspicion. I had thought of the float, but it is good to know that I should do both.

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