What do you think of a solar bee yard waterer?
Does such a thing exist?
The watertable here is high, so one could drive a point, mount a small solar panel on it, drop a tiny pump down the pipe, and provide a trickle of water to the bees, exactly when they need it, in and an attractively "set and forget" manner.
The goal is to provide water to the bees and keep them from bothering neighborhood swimming pools and bird-baths.
You can find solar water pumps, this one's pricey and has a max lift of one meter, but I think you could find one a lot cheaper.
But I would just put one of these in a 55 gal. drum under a downspout
Image courtesy of Michael Bush.
Dcross: What is the material in your floating groved bee waterer? I have been looking for a simple and efective watering
device that WILL NOT drown or accumulate
dead bees or at the very minimum amount for a yard of 75 hives. Curently my supply is a 55gal. closed plastic drumb 4ft. higher in grade than the chosen watering device. The
water will be controlled by a float valve.
I have always thought that hundreds of
drowned bees floating or sunken in the
water is the not healthiest water I could provide for them.
It's not mine, Michael Bush made it out of quarter inch laun. When I've watered bees, I've used aquarium gravel in a dish.
A bale of peat moss laying flat with the plastic around the center of the top side cut out, works well. It will hold rain water or if need be you can add water. The plastic wrap acts as a tub and the peat moss as a sponge.