Bee Cultivation

Changed on: 15.02.2021

Supplying Bees Water and Food

Tips on the best way to supply bee colonies water and feed them sugar.

Tips on the best way to supply bee colonies water and feed them sugar.

Artificial Watering Systems for Bees

The demand for water at bee colonies rises with increasing breeding activity and rising air temperatures. Both natural (ponds, puddles, bogs, dew and guttation fluid etc.) and artificial watering systems are used to supply the animals fluids. Artificial watering places should be hygienic, which means they should not be contaminated with bee faeces, and the water should be changed on a regular basis. Here are two examples of artificial watering systems for bees.



Simple Dripping System

A tap is adjusted in a way that water drips from it very slowly onto a draining board. The bees will get their water from there. Bees cannot drown.

Bee Watering Hole with Inflow Regulation Using a Float

Bee watering hole with inflow regulation using a float

This type of watering system (model by Master Beekeeper Schleining) is made up of a large, closed water container combined with a tub. A float regulates the water inflow automatically. A wooden float in the water tub prevents bees from drowning. This model is also used by game. As a result, hunters can be included in refilling the stations with water.

Bee Feed - Feed Sugar

It is common practice in local regions to replace the honey taken from the hives with sugar when overwintering bees or bridging gaps between finding nectar sources.

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    [Translate to English:] Zusammensetzung von bienengerechtem Futterzucker (Futterteig und -sirup)
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