Feeding syrup from 5 gal buckets
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  1. #1
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    Default Feeding syrup from 5 gal buckets

    I looking for a better way to feed syrup from 5 gal buckets into frame feeders. Does anyone use a battery powered pump to do this? Currently I just pour from a 5 gallon bucket into an ice tea pitcher, then from the pitcher to the frame feeder. There has to be a better way. Thanks

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    Default Re: Feeding syrup from 5 gal buckets

    I short fill buckets and a Final

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    Default Re: Feeding syrup from 5 gal buckets

    I use a plastic watering can, the larger the better, hard to find one with the whole not under the handle but I did, no mess or spilled syrup.
    mike syracuse ny
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    Default Re: Feeding syrup from 5 gal buckets

    just dont use buckets lol...

    use a 275gal tote and a Honda gx160+

    one inch hose is nice also
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    Default Re: Feeding syrup from 5 gal buckets

    If you use a 12 volt jabsco pump, you may need to keep the truck running. Stopped doing it that way in the '60s.

    Crazy Roland

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    Default Re: Feeding syrup from 5 gal buckets

    We cook up sugar syrup by the 55 gallon drum which is about 425 lbs. of sugar at a time in a big 45 gallon cooking pot or sometimes is a smaller turkey boiler and pour it into 60 lb. totes. Usually makes about 12 - 14 totes per sugar barrel which I can load up in the back of the Kubota RTVX 1100C. The 70mm threaded cap has provisions for a tap like a beer keg tap and a 15mm threaded cap vent on the opposite side. This allows me to turn the 60 lb. tote on its side and fill 1 or 2 gallon feeder buckets that I place on top of each hive. This goes along pretty quickly and it does not take up valuable real estate inside the hive as well as greatly reducing the potential for robbing. This works great for during a drought and to top up my hives for the Fall/Winter with food store. We can fill up about 80 hives in a day this way working alone. Much more with 2 people.

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    Default Re: Feeding syrup from 5 gal buckets

    These solutions are across the board.

    Homegrown, What sort of quantities are you looking at? How many hives? What transportation are you in the field with? Details should get you more specific answers.

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    Default Re: Feeding syrup from 5 gal buckets

    I use my 5 Gallon Pail With Honey Gate. Works great for dispensing and mixing sugar syrup.

    https://www.mannlakeltd.com/5-gallon...ith-honey-gate

    Alex

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    Cool Re: Feeding syrup from 5 gal buckets

    When we are feeding 1000 hives we just take the tanker truck. One inch. hose is enough, the two inch makes a mess.

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    Default Re: Feeding syrup from 5 gal buckets

    Quote Originally Posted by texanbelchers View Post
    These solutions are across the board.

    Homegrown, What sort of quantities are you looking at? How many hives? What transportation are you in the field with? Details should get you more specific answers.
    I am feeding 110 hives.

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    Default Re: Feeding syrup from 5 gal buckets

    i use a 5 gallon fuel can that has a long pour spout on it

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    Default Re: Feeding syrup from 5 gal buckets

    I have a number of 5 gal buckets with honey gates near the bottom, and with care opening the gate, do allow pouring from.

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    Default Re: Feeding syrup from 5 gal buckets

    I'm only feeding 15 - 20 hives at a time but I use the 5 gal. plastic jugs with a screw-on cap.
    I only put 4 gal. in them which makes them easier to handle and less chance of spills. I pour into
    a funnel to fill cap and ladder frame feeders. With 5 jugs I can give 20 hives a gal. each.

    https://www.dadant.com/catalog/conta...ulk-containers

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