Jody Reeder: Say Don, ever thought of trying making feeders out of, say.........Pop bottles? This is something that just popped in mind.
hajj2006: I would like to start harvesting bees can you tell me what I should buy to get started
GaShooter1: Hi Don. Is it possible to buy just the ladder part of your feeder. I bought the plans and video but I'm not skilled enough to build the ladder. I built the box but I keep messing up the ladder. Thanks.
Ken Fanta: Do you have a video on when to feed? We are starting out with a single new hive here in WI. I have been feeding our hive sugar water 1:1 using the bag method and right now they are going through about a bag a day which is 5 cups water and 5 cups sugar. They are buidling comb into the second brood. We started with a 5 frame Nuc on 5/5/16. How long should I keep giving them the sugar water?
NNY Bees: New beekeeper here. Built one of your feeders. Used it for first time on my first nuc installation into a 8 frame hive. Took a look tonight and it is working great. Just wanted to thank you for your design and your videos. Larry Mitchell.
Jeffrey Rumpf: Thank you for all that you do!
Mitchell Jones: I love all the videos. I live in Ellijay and would like to come over for a visit and learn a lot more. I don't have bees yet I'm still in the research stage. but my grandfather did for years. he was Rev Dartis Parks.
Tim Carroll: Don,do you leave the feeders on in the winter?
Zak White: In edition to no drown...... You may put river rocks, gravel in the bottom if you wish. You can steam gravel/rocks if you want to sterilize them. Of coarse cleaning the tray helps keep the bee feeder clean.
pauline arsenault: I watched your video which mentioned salt for the bees...can I use pink Himalayan salt blocks? I have some small ones on a twine string and thought it would be as good for the bees as it is for humans instead of table salt that has no minerals left in it. Any thoughts would be appreciated! New Massachusetts hobbiest here.
Kidder Seven: have you used beesmart designs bee hive feeder? it is a cover and feeder combination. I'd like to see reviews from other users about this feeder.
BA Shane-Holser: "attempting to direct Don..." LOL!
Eve Vaterlaus: make an herbal tea with thyme, or sage, or chamomile, or any herb that is beneficial to bees. then dissolve the sugar in that, add a dash of salt. Better for bee health than just sugar water.
Lyndell Taylor: Don, for winter feeding, is it better to use a dry sugar candy board or a solution of melted sugar?
Peaceful Mind: I use a chic drinker placed in a cut piece of wood. I put the drinker in deep on top of the hive. I have 5 hives and they all drink a quart a day. I started beekeeping last year with one hive, used Better bee hive top feeder. Never opened my hive all summer. I had a swam in early August, managed to get them in another hive but the original hive started robbing and most likely killed the queen along with most of that colony. During late summer to stop robbing I learned not to place syrup on or in hive but place it on the property in neutral location. I decided not to use hive top feeders during summer because more difficult to examine the hive. With a chic drinker it will be empty when I want to examine the hive or I can turn the quart jar over and set it aside. Last winter was long and cold but I managed to get my original colony through winter. I covered them on 3 sides with a bed comforter.I screened the openings and during the day when the sun shined, I placed a inner cover with a screened en closer on top of the hive. That allowed the bees to get outside the hive to poo, I did that because too many bees would fly out of the hive and not make it back because of the cold. When the numbers drop it will be more difficult to maintain the temperature in the cluster. I've heard that it's hard to raise bees but I have not had any problems yet. I will not use any chemicals on my bees to get rid of mites only powdered sugar. I appreciate your videos. Beekeepers around here don't like my tips, so I stopped communicating with them.
Tristan Skipworth: I am a starting beekeeper, how can we get one of those? How much?
brad carther: is sugar water better than there own honey
tkarlmann: Where does this feeder go? Your videos seem to provide way too much detail (the 20-yr-old version was mentioned twice), but where does it go in the hive? How often to refill it? How & when is the feeder used? How do you manage honey vs. sugar? How do you know when bees need this? Isn't honey better for the bees to live on than sugar?
Rajbir S. Pannu: Hi Don, is it possible to feed the bees syrup by directly putting a 4 gallon bucket (filled with syrup) with floats on top of the frames? Would the bees travel all the way up and back effectively? TIA
ShotgunAndAShovel: Were getting our first bees in the next few months. Weve been very lucky to have people close to us that raise them for a living. They are gonna help us every step of the way.