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  1. #1
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    Default feeding a new package

    I was just wondering.. If i took a waterer like you would use for watering chickens (upside down bottle that continually fills a tray) .. Set on top of the inner cover with a deep around it and telescoping cover on top.. Would this be sufficient??

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    Default Re: feeding a new package

    people use them for open feeding all the time, need to put some type of float or screen in the tray part so they don't drown.

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    Default Re: feeding a new package

    Was thinking throw in a bunch of marbles

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    Default Re: feeding a new package

    that is what I use when watering very small chicks so they wont drown they wash easy and don't dirty the water like pebbles.

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    Default Re: feeding a new package

    Same here.. Figured as long as the bee guys aproved i would wash it real good with just water and use it for this lol.. Maybe you know, my chickens going to eat my bees??

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    Default Re: feeding a new package

    Chickens won't bother bees..... I have millions of one and dozens of the other and no issues.

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    Default Re: feeding a new package

    They might get a few, I don't currently have chickens right now, but I use top entrances in the thought that if and when I get more, they wont be sitting there picking them off the landing board Just my thought, this is my first yr bee keeping. I have also seen a few plans where people run a few chickens under tob bar hives in a small coupe for bug control

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    Default Re: feeding a new package

    Awesome.. Ive never seen my chickens eat bees either.. Was just curious.. Even if they do in my experience with chickens they get bored quickly and look for something else

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    Default Re: feeding a new package

    I have read of people putting a piece of rope in the water area of a chicken feeder for the bees to land on to prevent drowning.
    Greg Whitehead, Ten Mile, TN
    Blog - http://gregsbees.blogspot.com/

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    Default Re: feeding a new package

    Another good suggestion

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