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  1. #1
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    Default Will this feeder work?

    Don't want to drown bees ! Should there be an interior mesh ladder? Thanks for any advice
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    Default Re: Will this feeder work?

    ypu may have a few....but they crawl up thru the center hole and if they do get in the syrup than they have the inside of the mesh to climb back up on.

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    Default Re: Will this feeder work?

    Hopefully the caulk isn't going to leech anything into the syrup. I don't know if that's a legitimate concern or not, but that's the first thing I noticed when I saw the picture.

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    Default Re: Will this feeder work?

    That should work fine. Another option is to leave out the wire mesh and put floats in to give the bees something to walk on.

    The center opening is pretty wide, much wider than bee space. Next time make it much smaller. This is a place where the bees could make burr comb.

    Tom

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    Default Re: Will this feeder work?

    I that a Tucker it's leaning on?
    I have several like that other than the large opening.
    It should be fine.
    Zone 6b 1400'

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    Default Re: Will this feeder work?

    Quote Originally Posted by TWall View Post
    That should work fine. Another option is to leave out the wire mesh and put floats in to give the bees something to walk on.

    The center opening is pretty wide, much wider than bee space. Next time make it much smaller. This is a place where the bees could make burr comb.

    Tom
    Ah didn't think about that! I'll keep an eye on it. I didn't want to use caulk cause it s no fun but needed to feel like it was all sealed up. I supposes there's a risk that it could leach into the syrup huh!? Thanks for the replies

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    Default Re: Will this feeder work?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoot Owl Lane Bees View Post
    I that a Tucker it's leaning on?
    I have several like that other than the large opening.
    It should be fine.
    49 ford coupe! I'll shim up the opening to bee space 3/8ths ?

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    Default Re: Will this feeder work?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pinchecharlie View Post
    I'll shim up the opening to bee space 3/8ths ?
    Yes, otherwise they will build in there. The commercial feeders seem to be like this as well. Pic in the link below showing what they invariably have done to mine.

    http://billybsbees.blogspot.com/2014...p-feeders.html

    This year I have started putting the feeder over the inner cover and that has made a big difference. But still not sure why the don't just make the space smaller ... maybe there is a reason.

    Also, on the caulk. Seems I've noticed before on silicone caulk that it was safe for food contact. Not sure if that is all silicon sealant or was something special, but regardless ... it does exist and may be worth noting for future builds.

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    Default Re: Will this feeder work?

    I have used construction adhesive when making division board feeders. I make sure I put a thick bead on so it seals the joints well.

    You could also melt some beeswax or parafin and swish it around so it seals all the joints.

    Tom

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    Default Re: Will this feeder work?

    Doesn't the wood itself need some type of sealant?

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