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  1. #1
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    Question Betterbee 2 Gallon Pail Feeder

    http://www.betterbee.com/products.asp?dept=267

    I bought one of these to try, and my bees can't get the syrup out. I set it up as directed with the screen side of the plug down, and after a week it is still full of 1to 1 syrup even tho bees were on the screen trying to get at it.

    Are these pails only good for thin syrup? What am I doing wrong?

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    I have no problem getting my bees to take syrup from these feeders. I had a bigger problem with the plugs popping out and pouring syrup into the hive. I solved the problem by glueing them in place but I prefer the feeders from Lapps.

    They are 2 gal and the screen is melted into the plastic. I don't have to worry about the plugs popping out.

    If the plugs fit tighter you could make your own feeder pails as they sell the plugs separately at betterbee. I like that idea. I might go that route.
    Dan Williamson
    B&C Honey Farm http://www.flickr.com/photos/9848229@N05/

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    I've used Betterbee's with 1:1 and 2:1 with no problem. The best way to keep the plugs in is push them tight into the cover and stick a long finish nail sideways through the plug, just inside the cover and they can't come out. I get food grade plastic buckets from the local supermarket bakery. They have three different sizes and they're all useful for feeders, honey storage etc

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    I'm not sure why, but I had the same problem. They did not take feed from the pail-screen set up, but guzzeled down six gallons in two weeks when I put it in a hive top feeder. Go figure!

    Bill Schaefer

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    Thanks for all your experiences. The hive-top feeders work so well for me, I think I'll give up on the on the pail-screen setup. I don't need one more thing to fight with.

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    Default Everything works better if it is a good design.

    ditto, there are 50 of those screen plug inserts in a bag somewhere in the barn. No I take that back there are 48 and two pails with one siliconed in each.

    for $2.88 i was buying gallon pickle jars, eating a lot of pickles and they worked great. For non-pickle eaters the hive top feeders (modified miller type) work well. the plastic inserts for $10 are not that bad considering they should last a long time when only left out for feeding.
    "Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes"
    Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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