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Offline Barry n Abbie

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Suggestions on a DIY water station for my bees
« on: June 16, 2016, 09:29:26 am »
It seems that the pool has become a favorite watering hole for the colonies.  I am looking for advice or plans on something I can put closer to the hives for water?  I would move the pool but 10,000 gallons of water, etc........too much work ;D
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Re: Suggestions on a DIY water station for my bees
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2016, 10:30:14 am »
We had our bees "trained" to use our bird bath and a fountain before the last big rains came.  Then they went to the ponding water near the hive.  All the water is gone, and I've not seen them in our birdbath, fountain, or other watering holes I've set out for them.

My fear is that the neighbors have put out their above ground pool and the bees are using that.

I need to peek over the fence to see.  If so, I may have to ask the neighbors to keep the pool covered for a couple of days until the bees rediscover the water sources in their own backyard.

I've heard that once bees find a water source, it is hard to get them to switch.

I've also heard that some folk use poultry waterers:

http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/harris-farms-poultry-drinker-1-gal-capacity?cm_vc=-10005
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Re: Suggestions on a DIY water station for my bees
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2016, 10:45:14 am »
unfortunately barry, the pool is going to be their watering hole. if you set anything else out, they will ignore, and also will ignore anything to close to the hive. (communication/location to their sisters).  you could try a boardman off the front.
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Re: Suggestions on a DIY water station for my bees
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2016, 04:26:55 pm »
A few years ago I had a water pipe into my house that burst.  After I repaired it, I was left with a small drip that would have required much too much work to fix, so I left it.  To my good fortune, my bees discovered it and, when the weather is hot and dry (that is most of the year), they do a good job of collecting the drops of water that form.  Then the ground below barely gets wet. The drip is always there so my bees never forget about its existence....and I don't have to prepare a "watering hole" for them.

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Re: Suggestions on a DIY water station for my bees
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2016, 05:55:42 am »
Well I have picked up several chicken watering systems at 8 bucks apiece.  Going to put the winter cover back on the pool for a week in an attempt to convince the bees that the cement pond has dried up, hopefully I can switch them over to the chicken feeder watering holes. 

More to follow.......
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Re: Suggestions on a DIY water station for my bees
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2016, 09:29:31 am »
One thing is the bees need some thing to stand on while getting water. We went to TSC shortly after we started and bought the rubber dishes about 18" in dia. Filled them with small stones and rocks, bees love them. In an out yard I had not set out a water dish of rocks yet and the land owner felt the bees needed water close. She sat out a shallow backing pan filled with some sponges.

 


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Re: Suggestions on a DIY water station for my bees
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2016, 10:59:16 am »
The chicken feeders seems to be working.  Before I left on this business trip, I noted that they (my bees) were visiting the feeders for water and seems none have shown up in the skimmer basket of the pool lately.

All good
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Re: Suggestions on a DIY water station for my bees
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2017, 08:17:26 am »
Here's mine

A plastic animal food container with a couple bricks and some wood in it

it sits at the edge of the old picnic table, and the overflow fgoes into another one on the ground for the Beagle






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Re: Suggestions on a DIY water station for my bees
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2017, 07:39:02 am »
I recently heard someone describe making a water source for their bees out of a bucket with a lid.  The intent was to fill the bucket with water, with the lid on turn it upside down, and the bees would get water from small holes drilled around the lip of the bucket.  I hope my description was sufficient.  When they described it, I had a good mental picture in my mind.

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Re: Suggestions on a DIY water station for my bees
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2017, 11:13:23 am »
barry, do you have the cover off the 'cement pond'?
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Re: Suggestions on a DIY water station for my bees
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2017, 01:07:47 pm »




Love the pic with the drop in the air. :)
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Re: Suggestions on a DIY water station for my bees
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2017, 08:52:45 am »
I use a couple of these. I put a kitchen sponge in each of the pockets. Works great after the girls find it. Easy to clean and maintain.




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Re: Suggestions on a DIY water station for my bees
« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2017, 03:17:57 pm »
Hey constantgardener!  Welcome to the forum, pull up a chair and hang out a while!  Ted
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Re: Suggestions on a DIY water station for my bees
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2017, 08:28:50 pm »
Hey constantgardener!  Welcome to the forum, pull up a chair and hang out a while!  Ted
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