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  1. #1
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    Default Is water always necessary in an apiary?

    Hi,

    I had a barrel constantly pouring over a piece of wood but the bees wouldn't want it... only wasps. So I removed it.
    There are two mountain rivers nearby(300 m away). Is this close enough?

    Cristian

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    Default Re: Is water always necessary in an apiary?

    They are close enough.

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    Default Re: Is water always necessary in an apiary?

    Quote Originally Posted by Birdman View Post
    They are close enough.
    eu nu am nimic langa o famile si e ok

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    Default Re: Is water always necessary in an apiary?

    What kind of water was it? My bees like rainwater or something that has some "flavor". They don't care for treated city water....but they do like swimming pools....go figure.
    I could write a book about what I don't know.

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    Default Re: Is water always necessary in an apiary?

    Close enough.

    Stan is right that they usually go after "flavor" such as AC drip spots and pool water.

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    Default Re: Is water always necessary in an apiary?

    Quote Originally Posted by merince View Post
    Close enough.

    Stan is right that they usually go after "flavor" such as AC drip spots and pool water.
    What AC stands for?

    I have water from my own unpolluted well. I live just beside the mountains. Anyway, as you said let them drink what they please. The river water is a bit tastier then the well's. Probably they don't like the Ca from the well water.

    Cristian

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    Default Re: Is water always necessary in an apiary?

    "AC" is a shorthand reference to an "air conditioning" system, which commonly has a drain to the outside for condensate removed from the building's interior air by the "AC".

    In cool weather, my bees seem to prefer still water in smaller "containers". I suspect that this preference is because the small amount of water warms in the sun relatively quickly. A barrel of water will warm slowly compared to an overturned garbage can lid with some rainwater. If the water is too cold, it cools the bees body too much and then they cannot fly.
    Graham
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