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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Default Pail Feeder

    Thanks for all that responded with my package install questions. Installed the ladies monday and i am hoping so much that they like their homes and stay around. Here is my question:

    The pail feeders i made have very tiny holes - syrup doesn't well out and hang in a droplet like the cans from the packages - even though those holes look the same size or smaller. it did drip/pour out until a vacuum was created. i have other lids with slightly larger holes from 1/16" drill bit. the pails are still just about full from monday - im worried they are not taking the syrup/cant get at it.

    i dont understand if they can reach in with their probiscus and access? i ended up placing over hole in inner cover with twigs elevating, although the lip of the bucket lid raises the bucket about 3/8" from inner cover but would seal off hole without the twigs. with them, there is a space greater than 3/8" between pail lid and inner cover. should i remove them? should i use other lids with larger holes? should i emergency feed dry sugar moistened? i know they can take a quart of syrup a day when they are drawing comb but does this happen the first couple day? Im worried about them. eep!

    There is activity (orientation i hope) as it is warm today.

    Thanks very much,


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2010

    Default Re: Pail Feeder

    Hi Hannah
    I just installed three packages of bees on the 21st. What I am doing to feed them is I placed a second hive body on top of their home and am using two quart jars with around a dozen holes punched in the lid. Probally on the second day they started taking 3/4 of a quart daily. I am feeding 1:1 sugar syrup with honey b healthy in it and from what I hear that the addition of HBH gets them to take it down like no bodys business. I am afraid to feed them outside of the hives because I do not want to start a robbing frenzy. There were alot of bees around the house before I got bees, so there are some ferals out there some where who would love to steal my girls sweets.
    Not sure if this helped, but I hope it did.
    "It's better to die upon your feet than to live upon your knees!" Zapata

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