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  1. #1
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    May 2012
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    Hillsboro, OR, USA
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    Default New feeder question

    My husband and I recently added interior feeders to our two hives in hopes of eliminate robbing. We had been using exterior feeders and noticed some very aggressive black bees not letting our bees even close to the syrup. (as well as yellow jackets)

    We opted to use the jar feeders (easy fast build, thank you AKDan). We had planned on adding multiple jars to the one hive so used a large square of screen. We decided the solid wood base would hinder ventilation so left one side off. We have noticed the bees congregating under the screen. I'm assuming they are cooling off (or trying to go up?), however I've never seen screen used in place of canvas. Are there any concerns we should have?

    Also, how long before they catch on and start using the new feeders. We are concerned because there is limited access over the bars and the syrup hasn't gone down in over 12 hours.

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    Edited to add: We noticed in the picture that the bees are starting to pull the threads on the canvas. This could be a disastrous. We will try to flip the canvas and screen over so they can't get to the raw edge. They are sewn together.

  2. #2
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    Jun 2010
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    Nassau County, New York, USA
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    Default Re: New feeder question

    I mostly use sandwich bags for feeding but occasionally use inverted mason jars when I have to feed more. I set them up on the inner cover and bees enter the space through center hole on inner cover.. I lift the lids about quarter inch off the wood with scrap pieces of wood. I can put any number of jars there as the space permits. Then I put a deep box and the outer cover so no bee can enter from outside. Ventilation is not an issue as there is a notch on the inner cover. It appears the you are overly concerned about ventilation.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: New feeder question

    Quote Originally Posted by WillH View Post
    I mostly use sandwich bags for feeding but occasionally use inverted mason jars when I have to feed more. I set them up on the inner cover and bees enter the space through center hole on inner cover.. I lift the lids about quarter inch off the wood with scrap pieces of wood. I can put any number of jars there as the space permits. Then I put a deep box and the outer cover so no bee can enter from outside. Ventilation is not an issue as there is a notch on the inner cover. It appears the you are overly concerned about ventilation.

    lol, I'm sure you're right. This is our first year at beekeeping (after a year of studying and taking classes) and we are realizing we know NOTHING, lol. But the learning process has been fun so far. Thanks for your input, we appreciate it greatly.

  4. #4
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    Feb 2011
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    Franklin County, PA
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    Default Re: New feeder question

    I think the screen may be blocking the bees. I would just let them right up to the feeders. Take the screen out. Some bees might fly up but that is part of the fun Good Luck!!!

  5. #5
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    Default Re: New feeder question

    Quote Originally Posted by virginiawolf View Post
    I think the screen may be blocking the bees. I would just let them right up to the feeders. Take the screen out. Some bees might fly up but that is part of the fun Good Luck!!!
    I just went out and checked on them and the syrup still hasn't moved. I will go out tomorrow and remove the screens. Thank you =)

  6. #6
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    Feb 2011
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    Franklin County, PA
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    Default Re: New feeder question

    You're welcome! I fed a bunch of different hives today. It took me a while to get comfortable with feeding bees and figuring out which feeders seemed to work the best for me etc. I can relate to where you're at. I have various feeders. Right now I am digging the frame feeders from Mann Lake. They hold a bunch of syrup and the bees can get to it very easily. They don't spill. I like using quail feeders also but if the hive isn't level they can drain completely out so you have to be careful with that. I have mason jar feeders like you are using as well. They work well for smaller hives but bigger hives can take a gallon a day so that is where you may get into using the bigger feeders.

    These are the ones I'm using for some of the bigger hives.
    The bees crawl down the mesh into the syrup and I just keep it in an empty box over the top of the frames, not actually in a spot beside the frames like in the picture.

    http://www.mannlakeltd.com/beekeepin...ry/page45.html

    Hopefully when you take the mesh away you will see the syrup start going down

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