Water Source Distance
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  1. #1
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    Will have 2 new hives this spring and keep reading about having them near a water source. The 2 best spots I have, have a creek about 250 yards away and a large pond 550 yards away. I’m located in Mississippi and it isn’t uncommon for creeks to dry up in summer time. I know they travel far, but is 550 yards away to pond an unreasonable distance.

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    Dee Lusby's Father-in-law told me that they couldn't get any production in their hives in Arizona until they put them within a quarter mile (440 yards) of a reliable source of water. I'd say 550 yards isn't too far out, but a closer source might be worth putting out for the bees.
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    Is it possible to put in a small dam on the nearby creek?

    The closer the hive is to water, the less time/energy the bees will spend on bringing water to the hive.
    A cheap water source for bees can be build out of a scrap toilet tank with an attached water hose. Just flush it regularly to keep the mosquito population down.

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    I’m pretty new to the property. It’s very primitive. I may need to clear an open area closer to pond. Or find the mythical spring that is on the property.

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    You could also make a new water source like many do here in Texas for deer and other wildlife. A water tote or clean 55 gallon drum, valve and bowl with float from a local feed store and you have a gravity fed water supply. Set if off the ground enough to keep large animals out of it and it should last a long time. Left at a drip onto some cloth may last half the summer idk
    “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark, professionals built the Titanic”

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    Burley: I will be happy to come down and witch that mythical spring for ya. J

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    Thanks J for the offer. My brother is actually already doing that for me once I get some new roads cut.

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    I have a pond about that far away. They'll go to the neighbors bird bath before going to the pond. I put a bucket 20 or so yards away with a bunch of wine corks floating on top. As long as I keep water in it the bees use it over other sources.

    Deer like it too in the mornings before the bees get at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zonedar View Post
    I have a pond about that far away. They'll go to the neighbors bird bath before going to the pond. I put a bucket 20 or so yards away with a bunch of wine corks floating on top. As long as I keep water in it the bees use it over other sources.

    Deer like it too in the mornings before the bees get at it.

    I like that idea. I have a ton of wine corks saved. Thanks

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    I keep a chicken waterer right by my hives, but dont see them use it very often....

    Might try the bucket and corks to see if they like that better!

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    I have a bird bath in the center of the apiary. The bees use it regularly. There are ponds and creeks less 1/4 of a mile away also, but I like to make it easy for them.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JWPalmer View Post
    I have a bird bath in the center of the apiary. The bees use it regularly. There are ponds and creeks less 1/4 of a mile away also, but I like to make it easy for them.
    We have a bird bath right next to the bucket. But it drys out too quickly. Bucket can go days between refills.

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    True, in the summer I have to refill it every two days. Lucky for me it is in the backyard. My first year, I found the bees all over a leaky garden hose. Left it out for them all season.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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