Re: Sping installed package -- All bees died --
I built a feeder out of:
- a plastic 3 liter cranberry juice bottle
-A piece of coroplast cut to the shape of the follower board (Masonite or wood would also work)
-a small strip of screen
-a hot glue gun
I cut a piece of corrugated plastic the same shape as a follower board. I stood this up against the plastic bottle and glued the 2 together with hot glue..
I then drilled a 1" hole through the plastic follower board and into the neck of the plastic bottle.
I stuck 3/4" a strip of screen that goes from from the bottom of the bottle and out the bottom of the hole for a ladder. I also put some wood chips in the bottle.
I started with about 7 bars.
The feeder that I built had an upper entrance. I don't know if my setup is any better.
I has been cold here too with nighttime freezing temps up until this week. This week is mostly cool, grey and showers.
I installed bees April 9 with daytime temps mostly in the mid 50s and in the 20s and 30s at night. They are doing well working on 10 bars with brood in all stages. Feed consumption is starting to slow down.
I have read of similar problems where the bees are inches away from food. Maybe you need to leave a "trail of breadcrumbs".
The feed should not be cold when put in the hive. When I prep syrup or honey to feed in the spring, I keep it in glass jugs near the woodstove until needed.
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