I could very likely get by at a bit lighter gross weight but since it gets used up anyway I dont think it would be a wise gamble.
MP, thanks for the idea with the epoxy lined paint cans. Put 45 2mm holes in on the CNC.
The girls are taking 2 gallons down in a couple of days. Use to use top feeders and would
take 4-5 times as long, especially on cold nights. Brought the weight up quickly.
It does seem like a lot at first, especially at 2mm. But then again, I have 18 holes in a mason jar lid that I punch with my staple gun.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.
6 penny =.12 inch (without CNC control)
2 mm =.0787 inch
Guess an old nail and a hammer is a little bigger hole.
It is not true that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks.
They can learn them, they just can't do them.
The combined area of the proposed 45 holes is about equal to a single 1/2" dia. hole. No way you need to accommodate such a flow potential!
One of the curious things I've noticed is that certain hives seem to need twice as much syrup to put on the same amount of weight.
I suspect this is because they're using the syrup to draw out incomplete combs?
In some hives, I'll give them 2 gallons, and they'll put on approximately 20lbs. On other hives, I'll give them 4 gallons and they struggle to add 20lbs.
I'm feeding 2+ gallons at a time, so I don't suspect they're using it for brood rearing, right?
FEEDER: I've turned to the 1 gallon plastic buckets with a screen plug. I'm finding a lot more bees can get to the syrup, they don't drip, and they don't plug up. Next Spring, I'm going to put some into wide mouth mason jars for feeding nucs.
I want bees that make up for my mistakes.
I have used quart mason jars for years and have never seen bees take the syrup that fast. The most I ever see taken is 2 quarts a day and that much is pretty rare. Is it possible that the holes are just too small and they cannot get it out quick enough? There are 10 or 15 holes in the lid of the jar.
Splitting a first year hive successfully https://youtu.be/ZfRTreQ-S9c
@ Michael Palmer- How many paint cans do you keep on hand for fall feeding? Enough to feed them all at once (2-5 cans per hive), or enough to feed x number of yards at a time?
A couple thousand I would guess. Enough to feed everyone what they need at once.