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My bees are bush collecting coffee grounds from the mulch pile so I decided to put up a pollen feeder to divert their attention.
My question is, is 10 feet away to close to the hives?
10 feet is where there is a convenient tree to hang the feeder from.
 

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My pollen feeder is a hive body that sits on the stand right next to my other hives. Syrup feeders need to be located a distance away to prevent robbing.
I doubt giving them dry sub will get them off the coffee grounds, different needs.
 

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Well that is good news about the feeder location.
What in the world is in coffee grounds that a bee would need?
 

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Coffee is loaded with various alkaloid compounds. Perhaps there is something that is needed in their diet in the coffee. I believe the true nature of bee nutrition is poorly understood. Anytime I see bees foraging on weird stuff I figure they know better than I do. Or maybe the caffeine gives them a little buzzzzzzz?
 

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It's been several years, but there was a study that showed caffeine does give bees a "buz."
 
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