Make a native bee feeder
Make your own Bee feeder!
Feeding bees isn’t something I recommend all the time. Bees should do their thing and collect their own nectar of their choice. However when humans decide to take responsibility for the care of a wild animal or insect they should see to it that they are taken care of. Proper housing and food requirements are a must.
When winter comes along flowers fall off trees and nectar becomes a valuable resource. If you have a lot of bees in one area feeding them can help them. This is because they won’t all be competing for nectar.
This is when bees need some extra help.
I designed a simple feeder that everyone can make at home.
All you need; Milk lid, top of a soda bottle, large needle and scissors.
Simply cut the soda bottle till it will screw into the milk lid. Some patience is required. Once you have a nice fit heat up the end of your needle and with lid in place poke small holes about 5mm up from the rim of the milk lid, through the soda bottle. Then unscrew the lid and on the underside of the soda bottle push the hot needle in to make small “u” shaped grooves.
Then you fill your feeder up and quickly screw the soda lid in place. The soda lid acts as a vacuum seal to stop the liquid from falling out. The milk lid rim fills to allow bees to gather right around. The holes allow bees to hop on the side if there is no space.
Watch the feeder when in use and try to top it up before it empties. When the bees can no longer get at the food they will seal all the holes and some bees walk down the thread of the milk lid and get stuck.
Bee feeder tips
Place you feeder in the bees flight path when using outside the hive.
Use a thicker mix of feed when using inside the hive.
Feed young colonies to help them grow faster. Micro colonies is what I am referring to here.
Check out this huge feeding station made by Robert luttrell