Re: Do you find that open feeders end up with a lot of dead bees?
I am not sure what is "proper", I tried a couple of the paint can feeders, but did not continue because of cost, about $6 each at lowes at the time, & I had plenty of 1 gallon jars already.
Originally Posted by enjambres
For a full strength hive, or even a not so big hive, I put a lot of holes, covering the lid with about 1 inch spacing.
The time I did this was in an out yard that I could not service regularly. I placed the can atop 3/4 inch blocks , similar to entrance reducers, on top of a "feeder board", just a scrap OSB hive cover with a jar feeder hole in it, enclosed with hive bodies & lids/covers. A cardboard box or 5 gallon bucket) would probably work as well, as long as the "outside bees" cant get in, & the wind doesn't blow it off.
I think "standard" usage is to place the feeder bucket directly on the top of the frames with a hive body & lid, but for some reason, I did not do it that way.
( come to think of it, the cover bucket might act as a solar heater, to warm the syrup quicker in the mornings as the weather gets cooler. I would make sure not to use a clear bucket, as the light might confuse the bees into trying to fly out that way, & turn into a deathtrap or something.)
Others have mentioned that one hole is enough for their feeders especially if excess leakage is a problem, which has been my "standard" ... but the syrup was not moving into the hive very quickly even in my hives that are larger than nucs, so I have added more holes to the feeder jars.
In hives larger than weak nucs, there should be enough bees to clean up any extra leakage.
for a time I was using a 1/16 inch drill bit & drilling the holes ( per Fat Bee Man), but lately , I use a sheetrock screw & pop it w/ a hammer to make a tiny hole, as long as I can see light through it, I think it is enough. I think the smaller holes also help reduce leakage. Oh, yeah, I poke the holes from outside to inside.
Just some thoughts from a newbie ... Good Luck , CE
Started summer of 2013, just another new guy, tinkering with bees.