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  1. #1
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    Default All My Bees Are Drowning!

    As a newbee I have read and took alot of advice on everything I can to do with beekeeping. So long story short...I have been feeding a swarm I caught a few weeks ago to help them along before winter. And some advise I took was to feed with a hive top feeder. So I bought one from Brushy Mountain, it is their own wooden one that they make themselves. Its has floats to keep the bees from drowning, right? WRONG! I notice the first time i checked on them after feeding and seen alot of drowned bees and thought maybe this is normal. Well tonight i had what seemed to be 1000's of dead bees so many that i dumped the feeder and pulled it off. no more of that! Just before i dumped it I watched for a moment and noticed that every bee that went down to feed was slipping on the walls of the feeder and could not climb back out, what good does this type of feeder serve? what should I do know? To make matters worse, i have two more of these being delievered form brushy mountain any day know for my other hives.
    Any thoughts?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: All My Bees Are Drowning!

    Wow, sorry to hear that. Such a waste of bees. I personally don't use top feeders like the ones from Brushy Mt. because of the fear of drowning. Also, the floats failing is actually a common problem with these. The ones you ordered, I'd send them back. But that's just me because I disapprove these.
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  3. #3
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    Default Re: All My Bees Are Drowning!

    I dont like hive top feeders and only use them for open feeding. I like the mann lake ones the best. Minimal drowning.

    What you could do the help matters is lay straw on top of the floats so the bees have a lot more foot holds to access the syrup.

    Stinks when things happen like this. When in the hive I use those 2 1/2 qt plastic painters buckets with snap lids and punch a few dozen holes. Works great for only about $2. Search for collins bee feeder to see the idea.
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  4. #4
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    Default Re: All My Bees Are Drowning!

    I like bucket feeding inside the hive. No chance of drowning.

    The top feeders that are open that are supposed to prevent the bees from drowning, even if they work the first year, they seem to break down over time due to damage and wear. Then they allow the bees to get into the sugar water and drown.

    I have several Collins Bee Feeders: Here is a link: . You can make your own if you want. The paint section at Home Depo has the pails and lids.
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    Default Re: All My Bees Are Drowning!

    Out of the many feeders I've experimented with this year none of them beat an old fashion jar with some holes punched in the lid. I plan on turning the 2 hive top feeders I got from brushy into candy board feeders.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: All My Bees Are Drowning!

    Sorry to hear about your bees drowning . I've had good luck with the Mannlake 10 frame Top feeder #FD111 very few if any drowned Bees
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  7. #7
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    Default Re: All My Bees Are Drowning!

    We use the Mann Lake hive top feeder (the plastic one with the screening). I thought the plastic was too slick because the bees couldn't even get up through the feeder, so I scratched the surface with some sandpaper to give them something to grab on to. Seems to have worked. We still have a few bees drown but it's not too bad (really only the 1 hive, the others seem to be able to navigate fine). Hope this helps.

  8. #8
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    New London County CT
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    Default Re: All My Bees Are Drowning!

    I still use the old standby of a pickle jar with holes punched in the top. They are free and the is no mortality.

  9. #9
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    Telford, TN, USA
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    Default Re: All My Bees Are Drowning!

    We use the brushy top feeders but have added screen from where they crawl up through the center (just stapled to the flat top) down the side and under the floats. We have not had any problem with the bees drowning since we added the small bit of screen. I like the two different sides on these feeders so we can give them pollen if needed in one side and we only ever fill one side with sugar syrup at a time as needed.

    That being said we mostly use the old fashioned jar feeders because of the cost of the top feeders. I have about 20 good top feeders and all the other hives get a jar. Only issue with jar feeding from the top is the extra woddenware to cover the jars. We have a robbing issue if we use the front feeders with the jar and there is no nectar flow (which is the only time I have to feed other than queen rearing anyway). Good luck and if try the screen in the top feeder if you want to still use it since you already purchased it.

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