Re: Syrup drained into hive, twice
I use gallon paint cans with holes punched into the lid. The surface of the lid is slightly recessed so that when I set it upside down on sticks the holes don't make contact. Every once in a while I do get a "run" but very seldom. My biggest concern when that happens is the weather and the cluster. If it happens right after I hive a package, it can be a problem since you typically dump a package into the middle of a hive and also place the feed container over the middle. I especially worry about the queen who might be hanging in the middle as well although probably in a cage. When it happens after the colony is established, I usually just pop the cover off, spread the frames and look to see how wet things are. Then, I'm concerned with the brood. If the frames are wet (surprisingly enough, they often are not bad at all depending on how far out the comb has been built), I'll move drier frames towards the center and let the bees clean up the mess I've made. If they're not, I just refill the feeder and go. I rarely feed past the early part of spring so I'm most concerned about chilling the bees. I'm not a big fan of constant feeding once the flowers start to bloom so for me, the risk is somewhat less.
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