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  1. #1
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    Default Holes in the feeders - Is there an optimum that keeps it from running out?

    I made up some feeders this fall from gallon paint cans.

    I punched a bunch of holes in some, and just a few in others.

    The ones with a few didn't seem to offer the bees enough flow, and they took a long time to take the syrup.

    The ones with a bunch of holes ran out and made a mess in the hive.

    Is there a trick to it?

    Thanks,

    Adam

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    Default Re: Holes in the feeders - Is there an optimum that keeps it from running out?

    I use canning jars and just use the sharp point on my cheapo paint scraper 'hive tool' to punch the holes. The holes aren't all uniform but I've never had any issue. They do not have to be exact. -js

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    Default Re: Holes in the feeders - Is there an optimum that keeps it from running out?

    The holes should be "small". The syrup should not drip unless the hole is too big. I have successfully used a drill bit sized 0.05" for this. You can test the feeder with plain water outside the hive to verify that it doesn't leak.
    ultracrepidarian >> noting or pertaining to a person who criticizes, judges, or gives advice outside of his expertise

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    Default Re: Holes in the feeders - Is there an optimum that keeps it from running out?

    Temp change will cause a pressure change inside the container and push out more then you want from time to time.

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    Default Re: Holes in the feeders - Is there an optimum that keeps it from running out?

    If the jar/can is sealed I don't believe there wil be leaking with most small holes
    I have taken a knife an made a slice in a top,it did not leak
    They all will drip when first turned over but once the vacuum kicks in they stop

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    Default Re: Holes in the feeders - Is there an optimum that keeps it from running out?

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Foster Collins View Post
    I made up some feeders this fall from gallon paint cans.


    Adam
    Paint cans? Really You are not worried about the paint residue? As far as the holes, good advice given already. Paint cans?

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    Default Re: Holes in the feeders - Is there an optimum that keeps it from running out?

    Quote Originally Posted by fieldsofnaturalhoney View Post
    Paint cans? Really You are not worried about the paint residue? As far as the holes, good advice given already. Paint cans?
    One can buy new one gallon paint cans at walmart.

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    Default Re: Holes in the feeders - Is there an optimum that keeps it from running out?

    Thanks lazy shooter, My heart and mind, can now begin working again

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    Default Re: Holes in the feeders - Is there an optimum that keeps it from running out?

    Fieldsofnaturalhoney:

    I know these things because I bought some paint cans to make into feeders. I never got them to work. It was a miserable failure. That's how I have to learn from time to time.

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    Default Re: Holes in the feeders - Is there an optimum that keeps it from running out?

    I just take an ice pick and pop 3-4 holes, less than 1/8". If you get the lid sealed, they don't leak. If the bees are active and want the syrup, they can empty a gallon can through 3 holes in half a day or less. If they aren't active or don't want syrup, it will sit there awhile.

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