With so much talk around saving our bees I thought I would touch a little bit onto why it’s so important we ALL pay attention to this news flash. Then the beekeeper can fill the tank, screw on the cap and mount the feeder to the outer cover by placing the tank over the mounting studs and turning 1/4 turn to lock the tank into the mounting studs. I usually invert the jar over the inner cover (not over the hole) and let it drip on the cover so the bees can clean it up. Once it stops dripping (seconds), I place it over the inner cover hole. Once a bee finds a safe spot to drink clean water, they will remember and return as long as you keep it stocked.
In the end, baggies and jars I think are the most simple routes to go. I am making hive tops with holes cut in them to place quart jars into and then simply cap when not feeding. You might get some syrup down them in late March or early April with a Baggie feeder or a jar or pail directly over the cluster when everything else fails. Design is very important and if you try to use a honey bee feeder with your stingless bees you will soon end up with a lot of drowned bees. Now you have learned how to make homemade hummingbird food, how to keep the nectar fresh and how to clean your feeder.
Hang outside a suet feeder containing yarn scraps where the birds can find it. Then be on the lookout for colorful birds nests. I’d rather leave enough honey on the hives and, in a pinch, steal some from a stronger hive for the weaker hives, rather than feeding. The construction of this DIY goat mineral feeder will allow any producer to give goats the nutrition they need to thrive. You will need to clean your feeder at least once a week, and more often than that if the water gets cloudy.
I am not sure if you know, but the first ad on your page is for Roundup pesticide, which is a major reason for bee death worldwide. Also get the odd bee drowning in the rapid feeder with the risk they could spread Nosema etc when other bees feed on the syrup. Always keep supers of honey covered, and do not expose combs, especially those not covered with bees. YELLOW JACKETS, WHITE-FACED HORNETS, PAPER WASPS, and other stinging insects sometimes take over a feeder and even drive away hummingbirds from them. Stick homes: While bee boards work fine, bees are far more partial to nesting in little tubes.
Bee wary of anything that can dribble and flood your precious bees with sticky sugar solution… Jars with lids punched with holes etc.. they surely were for the LAST century ! It is comfortable and at the same time the cheapest tin feeder for 2.25 or 4.5 kg of syrup. Each time you change the hummingbird food, rinse out your feeder with hot water several times before refilling.