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The Flower Feeders are no longer being 3D Printed.
In the Fall & Winter you can feed the bees any day when it is above 50 degrees. Stop using your feeder once you see the dandelions come out.
No it's not important. The oils we send help promote strong and healthy hives when used as a feeding supplement during late winter, early spring.
No. However bees hold all bodily fluids until it is warm enough for a flight . During days of 50 degrees or better, the honeybees take cleansing flights to relieve themselves. While out they will be searching for nourishment.
When there are other sources of pollen, such as blooming flowers, the bees will ignore the pollen substitute Typically from September thru March (on days above 50 degrees) the bees will begin looking for a protein source.
No. Feeding sugar helps to prevent starvation of a colony that has eaten all of their storage of honey throughout the winter. Feeding also helps to boost a colony and promote breeding of larva.
The amount of sugar in the spring 1:1 ratio, helps to increase the amount of bees in a hive.
In the Fall & Winter feeding a sugar liquid lower in moisture, 2:1 ratio, gives the bees time to reduce the water in preparation for winter. Excess water is bad for a hive in the winter.
Yes, when there are no flowers blooming the bees will look for anything wet and sweet. This time is called "Dearth" time of no nectar and pollen.
White Granulated Cane sugar or Beet sugar. Just your regular everyday sugar.
No molasses, organic sugars, brown sugars, powered sugars, corn syrups and High Fructose Corn Syrups (HFCS).
We feed them only when they have no other sources of nourishment.
Always wait until late dusk to check, remove or refill the feeder. If you don't want to chance getting stung by a bee.
As we were taught "home before the street lights come on," so do the bees.
1. 1 gallon of water (128oz by weight)
2. White Sugar, 128 oz (Fall Sugar is 256oz)
3. 3 drops, Wintergreen Oil
4. 3 drops, Tea Tree Oil
5. 1 drop Lemongrass Oil
6. 3 drops, Thyme Oil
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Assembly of the Flower Pollen Syrup Feeder and Components
Stem =Neon Green Fiberglass Rod
SugarLake =Neon Green Circular base
Bottle =Forest Green 32oz Boston Round Bottle
FlowerHead =Flower Petals,
Pistil =Yellow/Brown Lid w/ 4 posts, loosely fits purposely.
2:1 syrup and a pollen substitute.
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