Re: Feeder idea: is there a reason this would NOT work??
I use 8 frame intercovers with sides made out of 1x6s (19 7/8 long X 13 ¾ wide X 5 ½ high) so I can set a large jar in and on top of the intercovers then an empty medium super around the jar and top it all off with a migratory lid. This should contain most if not all 1-gallon glass or larger plastic feed jars or buckets and there is nothing to prevent you from using a smaller jar if you desire.
Originally Posted by Irvin cooper
Myself I like the squat glass ½ gallon Vlasic and Oliver pickle jars and I make my feeder holes a little LARGER than the jar lids so the lids will come into solid contact with the screen wire. Since a bees tongue or nectar straw is small I use window screen (metal) and not #8 hardware cloth as I do not want to make a safe haven for small hive beetles. Besides I like to think that bees cling to window screen better than to hardware cloth, making it easier for them to tank up.
If you use these intercovers year round keep an UN-PERFERATED jar lid on top of the window screen or else the bees will either propolise the heck out of the screen wire or plug up the holes in the empty feeder lids. If you are careful with your hole punching there is nothing wrong with 30 or 40 small holes in you jar lids. As an experiment I once drilled 32 (I think it was) 1/8 inch holes in a quart fruit jar lid, filled the jar with water, and inverted it on my back porch railing (right next to the washing machine) for weeks in the Alabama summer Sun, and it never leaked a drop. The jar that is, not the washing machine.
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