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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Automated trickle feeding pump

    Quote Originally Posted by snl View Post
    Somebody has W A Y too much time on their hands!
    That pump has been in my garage for 3 years. The first 2 1/2 I had lofty ideas to use it to dispense a foul brew of hog attractant. I've had this latest thought for a while now and I think it might be worth a try.

    Think of the possibilities! Load your hives up for almonds with 8 frames of bees plug each one into the handy dandy BeefeedOmatic and they add 2 frames by the time you pull into almonds.

  2. #22
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    Default Re: Automated trickle feeding pump

    you could also put a frame feeder in and a regular slow pump and a couple float switches so when the level is too low it pumps then shuts off one the level is up again

  3. #23
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    Default Re: Automated trickle feeding pump

    You can do it with one switch using the hysteresis of the switch. I don't know how a float system would work going down a bumpy road though.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: Automated trickle feeding pump

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    Even at night?
    Daybreak is always around the corner. Or at least I hope it is.

  5. #25
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    Default Re: Automated trickle feeding pump

    > Daybreak is always around the corner.

    Remember, beekeepers frequent this forum! I can can hardly wait to read the comments from those who have a contrary opinion.


    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

  6. #26
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    Default Re: Automated trickle feeding pump

    Quote Originally Posted by EastSideBuzz View Post
    Daybreak is always around the corner.
    Not for everyone. And then there are those who can't see it.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Automated trickle feeding pump

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    Even at night?
    You'd be surprised, wouldn't you?
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Automated trickle feeding pump

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    You'd be surprised, wouldn't you?
    I would. Do you really feel that robbing is a risk at night?
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

  9. #29
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    Default Re: Automated trickle feeding pump

    Believe it or not, sometimes it can be.

    But, really, I don't know why you asked the question. Was Mbeck planning on spilling syrup on the floor of his hive at night? Do you think that syrup spilled on the floor of the hive will be all cleaned up by morning?
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Automated trickle feeding pump

    Ummm, Mark, perhaps you should re-read post #1 ....
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

  11. #31
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    Default Re: Automated trickle feeding pump

    Quote Originally Posted by Mbeck View Post
    If I feed an ounce or two once or twice during the night to a small Nuc will they respond as if there is a flow?
    Well, I guess I forgot that. But I still say don't count on spilled syrup being cleaned up enough by morning so robbing won't occur.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

  12. #32
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    Default Re: Automated trickle feeding pump

    Mark, the purpose of the metering pump is to match what the bees will use to the flow / drip rate. With all experimentation it will take some trial and error to find out what that should be.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

  13. #33
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    Default Re: Automated trickle feeding pump

    If a constant amount of syrup is kept in a hive for any period of time you are going to run into fermentation problems. Were one to go w/ this constant feeder idea I would make sure that the amount of syrup was very little and very shallow.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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