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    Default Group Feeding

    I have seen where some beeks take a chicken waterer full of syrup and put it in the bee yard to feed many hives. Have any of you tried this? I would think it would cause mass robbing. What are your experiences and thoughts?

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    Default Re: Group Feeding

    I have heard that this starts robbing. Can anyone tell us why?

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    Default Re: Group Feeding

    Much depends on the location of the feed in regards to the yard in relation to how close. Bees have difficulty orienting to close food sources and as a result tend to start robbing behavior.

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    Default Re: Group Feeding

    I do it with a couple five gallon buckets. I set the buckets a couple hundred feet from the hives and have not had any problems with robbing. If you set them too close to the hives the bees get into a feeding freenzy and since they have a hard time communicating short distances they may start robbing out any weaker colonies. That been my experience with doing it anyway.

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    Default Re: Group Feeding

    If you use the waterer with the white plastic top and the red bottom you need to block the hole with a sponge or the bees get in it and die. You also need to set it a ways from your hive.

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    Default Re: Group Feeding

    Good idea about blocking the hole. Thanks

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    Default Re: Group Feeding

    I open feed using 5 gallon buckets with about 50 1/16" holes drilled in the lid and inverted like a jar feeder. A cup of cider vinegar mixed in lets the bees find it quick. I have no room to set the buckets far away, so I close the entrances down to about an inch.

    It definitely promotes robbing, but is fast and easy.

    Just to add to this, I don't feed for extended periods. A tip I picked up from MP last fall to ready light hives for winter; make them take it all at once and be done with it.
    Due to the drought last year, I plan to do this once more in late Feb or early March to ensure they have enough feed to get brood going.
    Last edited by DonShackelford; 01-18-2013 at 05:42 AM.

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