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A pan full of rocks with water dribbled into it is great. They do not care if it is mossy and dirty and in fact seem to prefer it. There is no making them use it that I am aware of.
 

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I have a birdbath with several large stones in it placed in the middle of my apiary. Add a few drops of bleach to get them to start using it. After that, do not let it go dry or they will find another, maybe much more distant, source.
Dont worry about cleaning it, like Vance alludes to, the nastier, the better.
 

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For some reason bees are attracted to bleach. Or chlorine. Basically, your neighbors pool. A little bleach seems to get them going.

I use a chicken waterer and float wine corks around the rim to give the bees a spot to land. But usually, they ignore it and use the bird bath in the back yard. Bees will be bees.....
 

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Can you tell me more about that contraption?
When plate is "full" of water the rods/pipes are above water level in (tube like) container and water doesn't flow. But when the plate is (almost) empty the pipes are heavier and they go down and water can flow from container to plate.
 

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I keep a screened rain barrel that's filled with gutter outflow. I fill the despised Boardman feeders with its skanky water when I see the bees ferrying water back from my pond. Saves them much effort on really hot days. Nobody steals water so the Boardmans are benign in this usage.

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I use a dog water dispenser, with mossy rocks in it. To be honest, though, it's wet enough here that the bees rarely use it. If my neighbors didn't have a pool I wouldn't even bother. Haven't had the guts yet to ask them if their pool is the main source. :\
 

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I use a plastic chicken waterer with stones or sticks in it to keep them from drowning. If it is not during honey flow, you can first put out sugar syrup and they will find it! Then change to water and they will use it from then on. One of my apiaries goes through 3 gallons a day in the summer. :)
 

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I put a 28-gallon metal horse bucket in my apiary. I put some nice water plants in that they can land on and mosquitofish to keep the other bugs away.
 

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I only have a few hives, so in summer-fall, I just use a shallow bowl filled with stones and pour water every morning. In case I forget to refill, I have another bowl placed over my lotus pond, which continuously gets water from the pond through a solar powered submerged pump. During winter - early spring, I move the bowl under a roof and put it on a heater (a panel heater for a chicken coop, placed horizontally). Very popular with my bees.
 

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I use a plastic chicken waterer with stones or sticks in it to keep them from drowning. If it is not during honey flow, you can first put out sugar syrup and they will find it! Then change to water and they will use it from then on. One of my apiaries goes through 3 gallons a day in the summer. :)
Interesting to read and knew about such interesting things.
 
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