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Has anyone noticed a significant drop in their bees using water? I hardly have any on my waterer even though the temps are still mid 80's. They do have a lot of capped honey so maybe they don't need as much? I'm wondering if they found a source they like better. What do you think?
 

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I made a nice waterer with a floating screen so the bees can get water and not drown. I rarely see them using it, but I do see them on every other bird and insect waterer around the place.

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As long as it isn't the neighbors pool or something like that, i don't care. They have been using the one I set up since they were newly hived.
 

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I set up a 5 gallon bucket filled with water and floated some small lumber scraps on top so the bees wouldn't drown. I was worried they needed extra water because of the recent severe heat wave we just had. Its right next to the hive and they haven't touched it. I have no clue where my bees are getting their water but I have a creek that runs through my property so that would be my guess. I wish the bees would accept help but I guess they have been around a lot longer than us and don't really need us to survive.
 

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All my books, and everything I can find on the net says to make sure your bees have an alternate source of water if the usual source dries up. I use 2 five gallon buckets with 1 X1 in. blocks of wood floating in them to prevent drowning. I cut the blocks from scrap wood. So far, in north-central Ohio it's been hot and dry (up 'till last night). I haven't seen a single bee drinking from my buckets, in spite of all my efforts. Just like my kids, no gratitude (lol). I don't think the bees read the same books I did.
 
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