Frame Feeder Fumble
Today I thought I should check the sugar syrup levels in the inverted jar feeder. It is contained inside the second box resting on top of the inner cover. I had placed the feeder there on the 2nd day when I was concerned the bees wouldn't travel to the frame feeder when the temp was below zero. The bees seem to feed off it and it was emptied in about a week. After a couple of days of rain it was 5 days since I had checked the feeder. I knew the bees had a frame feeder full of at least 8 liters of sugar syrup, if they used it. I guess they liked the jar feeder as it was empty.
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Weather was cloudy and about 9 Celsius. I didn't smoke the bees but brought the syrup spray bottle just in case. The bees were mellow and although I didn't remove the frames, I moved them slightly and could see the comb was drawn out further. Capped cells were sighted! There was not a bee on or around the frame feeder and the two feeding tubes had dead bees floating in them. I had been told that a bit of cork will stop a few of these bees from a sweet death. Wine with my meal this weekend. I'm thinking that I'm going to continue with the jar feeder but get a bigger jar or a pail feeder.
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Here is a few pics from day 1
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[caption id="attachment_112" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Bees not really doing much. Very mellow"]
The pics look better larger on my Picasa page
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