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?
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.
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
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!
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?
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.
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
Marc R: What about feeding in the winter due to not great amounts of honey? What to use and feed
thanks.. great videos
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.
Eddie Osama: thank you so much for all these videos . i'm a new bee keeper just got two nuks mid august they where 5 frames . now they are 7 frames with mix of brood honey and pollin . I live close to Philadelphia area . my question is should I add another deep on or super or none ,i'm feeding them well . the bee keepers around here saying that they will fill the second deep . but I don't think so , please let me know asap .
CJ Faulkner: How does this fit into the hive? I must be really dumb but I can't figure out how it will work. How often will I have to fill it?
Shrimps: Thanks man, I appreciate the feedback. The reason I was able to get sales is because I offer rare shrimps for sale. Not many other online place is willing to take the risk at shipping high priced shrimps. That is my way of earning online.
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