Chicken feeder for bees
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  1. #1
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    Default Chicken feeder for bees

    I've found out that a chick feeder(chick as in baby chicken not a human female) has worked pretty well as a feeder for my bees. It is a metal feeder with eight holes that you screw a mason jar into. I punched about eight holes into the jar lid and fill with sugar syrup. Doesn't seem to leak. I place it directly in the hive. I had bought mine at a Tractor Supply. http://www.midlandhardware.com/18837...g#.V2B46vkrLs0

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    Default Re: Chicken feeder for bees

    The waterer for chicks works better.
    Rustic Life Farm
    -Linda

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    Default Re: Chicken feeder for bees

    And I don't like the idea of that galvi stuff with syrup in it - seems the sugar syrup is quite corrosive. I use the plastic waterers with a donut of plastic canvas cut to fit so they can't possibly drown. I've also found it necessary to add a piece of roof gutter screen inside the hole so that if the feeder is empty the bees can't climb into the jar through it.

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    Default Re: Chicken feeder for bees

    What waterer for chicks, can you send a link?

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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Little-Giant...-/112010100881

    Any farm store will have them, coupla bux.

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    Default Re: Chicken feeder for bees

    thanks

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    Default Re: Chicken feeder for bees

    de nada.

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    Default Re: Chicken feeder for bees

    http://www.raisingbackyardchickens10...n-waterer.html
    I have the small one. Like the one that APSI listed, but red. I had it from when I had chickens.
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    -Linda

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    Default Re: Chicken feeder for bees

    ^^ I have the same one. I put small rocks in the channel to keep them from drowning. a single piece of porous foam would be more convenient but didnt feed much this year so i didnt bother

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    Default Re: Chicken feeder for bees

    One gallon or smaller paint cans, epoxy lined from Lowe's. 2 to 4 small holes in the lid invert it on the top bars over two 3/4 strips. place second brood box over it or a couple of supers with cover/lid. These have worked for me the past two sesaons. I have used these well into cold weather with the hive heat keeping the syrup warm. But I'm in north Florid not much cold weather.

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    Default Re: Chicken feeder for bees

    I one time open fed with one during a 3 day rainy period. I thought I would be safe due to no other hives around. It started a robbing frenzy from those other hives that weren't around. I have been scared of feeding every since. I can see no real way to feed with one in a hive with out bee space being wrong and I will never open feed again.
    Cheers
    gww

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    Default Re: Chicken feeder for bees

    Gskip and Gww.... bar forum guys... you can place them in the back of the hive inside

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    Default Re: Chicken feeder for bees

    Jake
    Got ya. I always go to todays post and never notice where the post came from. I have two long langs made but not in use yet. I had a bad experiance and was trying to help but I get your point and see how it could work in a top bar hive.
    Cheers
    gww

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    Default Re: Chicken feeder for bees

    I use the same kind on my langs... i put the feeder right on the frames in the top box.. throw a hive body over the top of it to cover and no problem.

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