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i do like this feeder, a bit of a hassle to fill it, not knowing when it is empty, etc...but what really got me fired up was the lack of precision/quality control in the spaces of the floats. the spaces on the end were too big and the girls were constantly drowning. i tried covering the floats with cheesecloth, but that was a disaster, the girls getting tangled in the threads, getting decapitated-ugh! so i went to the craft store and got "plastic canvas" 7 mesh. the kind of stuff your grandmother used to make napkin holders, ornaments, etc...and cut a piece to fit over the floats. just installed feeder today, i'll check back in a few days and see how it worked...

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I like that idea! I have the same feeder and I've not had many drown, but a few here and there. I thought about getting some screen but it seems like you have to buy such large amounts. That plastic is so easy to get. Thanks for posting that!
 

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I have some of those feeders also. I love them. I have no bees drowning. Are you sure your not dumping in syrup all over them while filling? Generally I start adding syrup slowly, the girls get out of the way and I fill it up.
 

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Great idea with the plastic--let us know how it works!

I have one of these too and had a lot of bees drown, so I used window screen over the floats. It cut down on the drowning, but if I let the feeder get too dry, the girls can get under the screen, which just causes a big hassle when I want to refill it.
 
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