With Spring just around the corner and a new schedule in my life, I am looking at ways to help me feed my bees. I am operating on a tight schedule in the mornings and I don’t have time to fill individual jars or top feeders with sugar water. Therefore, I have decided to set up feeding stations around the bee yard. I would like to share my experience with you.
On the warmer days here in NE Ga, the bees are flying so now is the time to set up the stations.
Lets get started!
My feeding stations are made of plastic 2 gallon food grade buckets with lids.
There is a reinforced area around the rim of the bucket. My husband drilled one hole in each section of the reinforced area using a 1/16 drill bit. He drilled the holes into the side of the bucket. (The buckets will be set up top side down. The sugar water will come out the drilled holes. *Also…there may be some seepage around the lid. The bees will clean it up.)
Now that the buckets are ready, I have decided to locate the stations about 25 yards from the hives. I set the buckets on top of 5 gallon buckets. With rain in the forecast, I will need some kind of roof over it.
Honestly, the first few days I put the buckets out were disappointing. I fully expected the buckets to have breathing room only but the activity was very minimal.