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
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.
BA Shane-Holser: "attempting to direct Don..." LOL!
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
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
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!
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?
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.
Don The Fat Bee Man: I use pail feeders in spring time there quick. Don
Don The Fat Bee Man: 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?
Don The Fat Bee Man: leave in jugs its for storage of wax in top. Don
Don The Fat Bee Man: @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
Greg Luxus: Hi Don i got you feeder plans and my question is if it is ok to use window
Don The Fat Bee Man: 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.
Don The Fat Bee Man: that is why I do videos. Don
Don The Fat Bee Man: 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
Don The Fat Bee Man: thanks for watching good luck on building many boxes. Don
Don The Fat Bee Man: 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
Don The Fat Bee Man: 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
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!!!!!!
Don The Fat Bee Man: if a hive stays queenless long they make a new queen. Don
Don The Fat Bee Man: 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
Don The Fat Bee Man: @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?
Don The Fat Bee Man: I use a latex caulk Don
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