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  1. #1
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    Default keeping bees alive in a jar

    I sometimes keep a few bees in a glass jar for bee therapy at home. Made breathing holes in the lid, keep it in a dark cupboard, put some honey on the bottom covered with a thin paper tissue to keep the bees from sticking to it. I am having a hard time keeping bees alive and well for more than a few days. Seems like I have a hard time finding a good way of not under/over feeding and watering. Any suggestions?
    Thanks so much
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    Default Re: keeping bees alive in a jar

    with bees - it takes a lot to get a few bees alive and the lot comes in the form of bees !!!!!!
    it takes about 1000 bees to keep one bee alive - they need each other in order to survive -
    remember that a hive is not only a bunch of bees its an animal in of its self.
    so trying to keep a few bees alive for a week or more in a jar is just really not enough to survive

    hope this helps
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    Default Re: keeping bees alive in a jar

    I keep them in the kitchen cupboard, so they have ok temperature to survive. I am curious how people that store bees in containers for apitherapy do it? I remember reading somewhere that if properly taken care of, they should survive fine for a couple of weeks.

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    Default Re: keeping bees alive in a jar

    Find someone who received a package of bees and get them to give it to you to keep your bees in and also when you feed them honey make sure they have water also. A cricket basket you find at the fish store also works as well.

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    Default Re: keeping bees alive in a jar

    A beekeeper friend of mine came up with a good solution for this very issue. I gave him a few cigar boxes (hubby's business) of particular dimensions, and he screened the sides. In the lid, he drilled holes and screened the holes for baby food jars, which make for a waterer and feeder.
    I started out as an opportunistic beekeeper. Now the bees keep me...

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    Default Re: keeping bees alive in a jar

    Anyone ever see Charles Mraz's method? I'll see if I can describe it. It was a long time ago when I saw it.

    Quart canning jar with several air holes in cover.
    Blob of honey in bottom of jar with wad of tissue on top...the tissue may have been slightly damp, but not wet.
    Toilet paper roll standing on tissue...two triangular cut outs on bottom end of tube...opposite sides.

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