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    Default Feeding Indoor Hives

    For you beekeepers who keep bees inside, what do you use to feed your nucs this time of year.
    I am thinking my nucs went in light this year. I hefted a few that were on top of the stack, and they seem light to me. Im thinking of feeding them starting March.
    I have seen those white entrance feeders to screw a bottle on to, but they are charging 50 cent for them!

    Ideas ?
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    Default Re: Feeding Indoor Hives

    I don't keep bees inside during the winter. I am however curious about keeping bees inside over the winter.

    How large a building?
    How warm are you keeping it?
    How many NUCs do you have inside?
    Do you keep it completely dark?

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    Default Re: Feeding Indoor Hives

    Any kind of entrance feeder isn't going to work unless the temperature is over 50 degrees. If you are keeping bees indoors I'm sure your temperature is way below that, at least it should be. John

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    Default Re: Feeding Indoor Hives

    We keep the shed at 5 degrees C. We can see the cluster from the entrance.

    BMAC, I keep my hives in a 30*40 insulated Quonset shed. This year I packed 1050 hive inside which includes 200 of my nucs. Its tight!
    The secret is to keep the shed dark and keep the air moving inside. I have thermostats which relay to exhausting fans to help keep my temperatures down.

    If your interested , I took a quick video a couple of months back,
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a0_JjRSOnU
    I have the shed rigged up with red lights so I can work inside without having the shed come alive !
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
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    Default Re: Feeding Indoor Hives

    great video. Thanks. Do you ever have to worry about too much co2 in the hut or does the fans do a fine job when regulating the temps?

    Also do you ever have to warm them or does that many bees packed in there so well take care of that for you?

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    Default Re: Feeding Indoor Hives

    I have my ventilation fan set on a minimum to take care of the moisture and CO2 concerns.
    We had a month of -30 lately, and during that time my fans were at the minimum, but the hives kept the shed above 0 degrees C at all times. During the day, the temp held at 4 degrees without any supplemental heating.

    Indoor wintering has its problems, but I will tell you, it felt good knowing my hives were sitting inside a nice warm shed as the wind howled for weeks riding a -45 degree windchill !
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
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    Default Re: Feeding Indoor Hives

    Cool video!
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    Default Re: Feeding Indoor Hives

    Quote Originally Posted by BMAC View Post
    How large a building?
    400 Sq Ft Studio Apartment
    Quote Originally Posted by BMAC View Post
    How warm are you keeping it?
    Room temperature
    Quote Originally Posted by BMAC View Post
    How many NUCs do you have inside?
    7
    Quote Originally Posted by BMAC View Post
    Do you keep it completely dark?
    Fluorescent and Black lights with lasers and disco balls.

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    Default Re: Feeding Indoor Hives

    There's always 1 in a crowd. Pat yourself on the back now and say "I am clever".

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    Default Re: Feeding Indoor Hives

    Quote Originally Posted by BMAC View Post
    There's always 1 in a crowd. Pat yourself on the back now and say "I am clever".
    I already did, should I do it again?

    I wonder what would happen if you left them in your apartment? I mean aside from the noise if anything they'd be providing cooling at heating right?

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    Default Re: Feeding Indoor Hives

    Do it and let us know your result.

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