I am having a terrible situation with this plastic entrance feeder. I hived my packaged bees on Monday and already the feeder was empty. When I went to add more syrup, I had to pull the entire feeder out and turn the yellow bottle upside down to pour more in, then insert the entire tray and all back into the hive. This is a feeder that Brushy Mt. sells with the English Garden Hive. This type feeding tray inserts into the area of the front entrance inside the hive. Tonight when I tried to re-insert the tray, something was blocking the entrance and I could not get it to go back in. The bees were really pissed at me and they started swarming out. I finally forced it back in, killing some of the bees, I got stung and now I'm crying because of my frustration over this feeder. I felt so horrible to kill those bees but I had to get the feeder back in because the temp is going down to 38 degrees tonight and I had to make sure they would be okay. They are still hanging around the outside and syrup is everywhere. I hung an infrared light out so that they could have time to get settled back in since it is already dark here. Can anyone tell me about this feeder and what could have gone wrong?? I can't believe it and am not sure I like this feeding type. Have I lost my bees? Are they going to forgive me for this mistake??
~What do you know there's so much to be done
Count all the bees in the hive, Chase all the clouds from the sky~