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  1. #1
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    Mar 2011
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    Polk County, Iowa, USA
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    Default Ice cream bucket as a feeder?

    I'm a first-year beek and I'm thinking about all the ice cream buckets I have stored on the top shelf of my pantry. They are large, one gallon and one pint plastic buckets with lids. Anybody ever used these before, or have thoughts about them?

  2. #2
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    Jun 2009
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    Malabar, FL
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    Default Re: Ice cream bucket as a feeder?

    when we feed we use 1 gal buckets....betterbee has the screen inserts...they work well.
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  3. #3
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    Sacramento,California,USA
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    Default Re: Ice cream bucket as a feeder?

    Yea, I used them one year. Drilled 1/16" holes around the top just under the lid ring. Filled almost full of sugar water and put the lids on and turn upside down. on top bars and cover with deep box and lid.

  4. #4
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    Aug 2007
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    Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
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    Default Re: Ice cream bucket as a feeder?

    These could also work, although I never needed to use them...



    The bees would feed from around the edges.
    Last edited by BeeCurious; 03-21-2011 at 04:59 AM. Reason: addition
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  5. #5
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    Sep 2010
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    Anthony, New Mexico USA
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    Default Re: Ice cream bucket as a feeder?

    I use coffee plastic cans. I just cannot drink enough coffee to keep my bees well fed. The Cremora cans work just as well.
    If you use coffee cans; make sure is regular Folgers and not de-caff. They love Folgers…

  6. #6
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    Jun 2009
    Location
    Woodstock, GA
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    Default Re: Ice cream bucket as a feeder?

    They work great. Use a small spacer under the bucket and put them (invered) right on the frames.

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