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  1. #1
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    Default Feeding multiple hives from common location

    Does anyone have ideas on ways to feed multiple hives from one location? I have five hives, all new Nucs recently placed in deeps, and it was recommended that I feed them this year to help build them up. However, I'd rather not feed each individual hive and instead have a single location for all the bees.

    Lazy? Maybe a little.

    Efficient? Trying to be.

    Thanks for the info.

    Todd
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    Default Re: Feeding multiple hives from common location

    Welcome to the forum....

    You might want to read about "open feeding".

    You will be attracting other bees.
    BeeCurious
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    Default Re: Feeding multiple hives from common location

    I'd go with frame feeders work nice for nucs .
    When i use to feed suryp i would put out chicken waters{with screen around where the suryp come out so the bees don't drown} filled with suryp about 100 yards way from the beeyard in the spring on a table worked great but you feed everything that likes suryp.
    Good luck with your bees.
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    Default Re: Feeding multiple hives from common location

    Well I have seen pics of setups with a single feeder using multiple (tentacle like) tubes running into hives. Seems like way more trouble than it's worth to me with lots of opportunities for leakage and other problems. I would suggest inside feeders and a five gallon bucket, slide the lid over and pour it in. 10 seconds a hive max.
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    Default Re: Feeding multiple hives from common location

    I agree with the posters above that open feeding has risks, however, if you want to do it, here is a useful thread:
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...-can-open-feed
    Note the posts by Belewsboy starting in post #14.

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    Default Re: Feeding multiple hives from common location

    Wow! Thanks for the responses everyone. I'll try the links included. I tried to search for the topic but didn't see anything related on quick glance.

    Funny, I just bought some frame feeders the other day (not here yet), because I was tired of using upside down plastic bucket method. But before I used the frame feeders I wanted to see what others were doing to feed multiple hives. To me if you have a single location to deal with its much easier than filling all those individual feeders.

    I'm a newbie, but I'm devouring all the info I can cause I really like it. Plus, my 11 year old daughter is keenly interested too and I'm trying to cultivate that in her as well.

    Thanks again.

    Todd

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    Default Re: Feeding multiple hives from common location

    I tried frame feeders in my first hives (KTBH) but, when I re-designed the hives, I decided not to go to the extra effort of making new frame feeders; now I only ever open feed (and that rarely...only fed for about 2 weeks this spring) now. When I set syrup out for my bees, I use the plastic chicken waterer everyone else referred to. I simply filled it with syrup & set it out on a "stand" of cement blocks, about 200' from my 5 hives. I think the key to successfully open-feeding is that you MUST:
    • NEVER use feeding stimulants, or scenting agents (like LGO, real honey, or honeyBhealthy)
    • Realize that you're feeding everything around (including, sometimes, ants), so keep the feeder well away form your hives, and make sure there's plenty of extra syrup to "go around"
    • Keep your hives VERY capable of defending their own stores, i.e. keep the entrance reducers on unless the hive is VERY well populated.

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    Default Re: Feeding multiple hives from common location

    Kelley Bees has one for sale on their website. Pretty neat design and easy to build if you are a do it yourself kind of person. Basically a bank of jar feeders with a roof.

    https://kelleybees.com/Products/Deta...33333933343336

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    Default Re: Feeding multiple hives from common location

    I use a five gallon chicken waterer with rocks in the tray works awsome.

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