Feeding Bees Part 2 - The Fat Bee Man Way - No Drown Feeder




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Lyn Durga: 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.

Lyndell Taylor: Don, for winter feeding, is it better to use a dry sugar candy board or a solution of melted sugar?

Ja Va: Thanks FBM, really appreciate your no-bull vids. I have a question (new guy here...): I get quite a bit of burr comb on the bottom of my frames, first thing I thought was swarm cells time to expand the box (did I mention newbie..?) . My question/think I know the answer: Are queen/swarm cells easy enough to distinguish from burr comb on the bottom of the frame?

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

Danny Halsey: Hey don I am getting in to bees this year thinking about a pack of bee is this a good way to start

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. I love your videos!

Brian Miller: I really like the use of the milk jug! I will have to "steal" that idea!

Ralph Jones III: I've made some feeders alot like that. wooden tunnel with screen wire on the open end. Another idea that came to mind the other day is making a tunnel out of pvc pipe something like 3/4 or 1 inch. leaving the elbows just stuck on where it can be disassembled to clean or whatever. to give them grip just notch into it in about 1/8 inch intervals with a thin blade like on a band saw. No screen would be needed because the syrup would seep into the end that is submerged.

Doug Brown: Hi Don, really like the videos. I bought and downloaded the plans for this feeder and have high hopes. I needed a reason to buy a router and table, so was glad to see you need rabbet cuts on the box -- My son is now happily cutting away. Cheers from Vancouver, Canada.

fineshooter: I use pail feeders in spring time there quick. Don

fineshooter: in 50 yrs I never heated water for sugar feeding. Don

Denis kaiyumi: Hi I just woud like ti know if you have any top feeder for a Langstroth 1o frame hive ? Im trying to build some with plywood and a jigsaw to save some bucks but im not sure mine are the best design

karl w: hi i have a question about my beehive.Iam just starting out. And my question is do i need a queen extractor between my super and brood box ? you said in one of your youtube videos that you dont like to use them. but i would like to harvest some honey . from time to time . .

Tim Bradshaw: Do you ever see robbing with your top hive feeder?

fineshooter: leave in jugs its for storage of wax in top. Don

fineshooter: @VeggieVicki thanks I will be making more videos, if you feel like donating please feel free to do so. I don't get any grants to do this stuff. Don the fatbeeman

Greg Luxus: Hi Don i got you feeder plans and my question is if it is ok to use window screen mash??

fineshooter: feed till they stop taking it. Don

Blake Leopold: Hi Don- Just found your videos. I'm going to try your 5 frame method. How can I get the plans for the 5 frame top feeder?

H.J.D: Can you demonstrate how to split a hive and have the bees produce their own emergency queen in the process. I have read about it but have never seen it in person or on video.

Marc R: What about feeding in the winter due to not great amounts of honey? What to use and feed thanks.. great videos

ZeroCool: window screen will rip their legs off. its too small. use hardware cloth.

Bee Pappy: Great informational vids Don. New-bee here, starting with 2 hives. I bought your plans for the Boardman feeder, but after doing more research wonder if a top feeder would have been more practical. Thanks for sharing so much of your knowledge and expertise.

fineshooter: that is why I do videos. Don

fineshooter: I use #8 screen wire house screen will not work well. Don

roy m: hey fbm have you tried the new flex seal on your feeders might work in place of pan maybe

fineshooter: thanks for watching good luck on building many boxes. Don

fineshooter: just try to take people step by step in beekeeping. Don

Paul Rowland: Don you were just showing another hive about five frames saying it's more natural the way bees build. I would agree. I have watched Micheal Bush and other for years. Watched my own bees for about ten years. They don't build the outside frames in a ten frame hive. You're producing Ross Rounds in a five frame and easy to handle for older folks. You probably know about the Warre hive. I have friends in Japan. In Japan my friends use a hive very similar to Warre. Talk more about natural hive size.

Timo Bouwer: Good day Don, like your progress on the feeder over the last couple of years. I learned a lot from your U tube movies the last four months. Got my first hive two months ago. What a feast, they had (the bees) I become a master bee feeder overnight. Used an old trough away container with a thin piece of perforated foam rubber. It acts like a float, no drowning and the bees can fill the whole surface and have more than enough space to suck and the float is always on the surface.

junito1957: i notice you have not say about anything about feeding them sugercakes and how to make them .i think they great when you just caught a swarms since they are hungry they dont invite to much robbing like suger water

geoffrey roberts: Where do i do to get there web page? Also, you do a nice teaching me about the bees. Thanks,geoff

wolkenw55: Hi and thinks for what you do. I am in Wichita Ks. We are going through a bad drought, Bees are getting pollen but some vine flowers are opening but no petals. Just pollen weard. So I am feeding in the top. I am using a entrance feeder. With the drought problem do you have any suggestions? Is feeding a good idea at this time?

pdorger59: Hi, I am a beekeeper in my 3rd year. I have learned much from you and your videos - many thanks. I have found that putting a minute amount of tea tree oil in the sugar water when feeding will prolong any fungus growth. I am in Ohio and last Sunday reversed my top and bottom boxes. While my three hives came thru the winter alive, when I reversed the boxes I destroyed the middle of the brood since many cells were between the two boxes. The next night temps dropped to low 30s. Any thoughts

fineshooter: thanks and glad to help. Don

Darkwoods: I had subscribed to your other youtube channel,(FatBeeMan) over a year ago..I am glad to see you making new videos again..Your videos make bee keeping cheap and simple.. Many thanks for all your efforts,keep up the great work..

sailrbill: In the 50's we started keeping bees in Georgia. Everyone in the family was involved and it was a lot of fun. My father bought 50 lbs of sugar several times from a local store and not long after we had a visit from the law wanting him to convince them we wern't making Shine lol. Seeing your vid on feeding bees brought that memory back.

Percheron Horselover: We are very happy you are making more great (our favorite) videos!!!!!!

fineshooter: if a hive stays queenless long they make a new queen. Don

fineshooter: I don't use sugar cakes some people do I just feed honey or sugar on hive top feeders. Don

Andy B: Thanks for the video! How much honey do I need to leave my bees for the winter so I don't have to feed them through the winter? I have 2 eight frame deep hive bodies, can I just leave the top deep full of honey and be safe?

fineshooter: @MillerWB87 if you like the video and want more click the like button. feeders have a patent pending. Don

sgttrier: how do you make sugar water for the feeder? Is there anything you can do wrong besides burning the sugar when making it?

Peggy Lyttle: you had said you were going to do a video for a natural or organic mix for Bee Healthy. Did you do that? If so, what is called?

fineshooter: I use a latex caulk Don

fineshooter: @andybanach that would depend on your location. but sounds like your in good shape. Don the fatbeeman

Mitchell Knight: Hey Don, i use a pail feeder, im a new beekeeper and i want to now which one you like best and if a pail feeder is a good idea

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