Distance to water

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Dakine, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. Dakine

    Dakine New Member

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    Aloha,
    How far will bees fly for water. I have a hive in my garage and from what I can see the closes water is a at least a 1/2 mile or so. I'm just getting started with my first hive. Should I put a water source closer?
    Is it best to use non clorinated water? I do have a good reverse osmosis filter.
    Salamat po
    Dakine guy!
     
  2. hankdog1

    hankdog1 New Member

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    Should be fine as long as you don't have a neighbor with a pool. They seem to love chlorine.
     

  3. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    the more refined the water source the less attractive the water is to the bees.... I myself suspect by eliminating contaminants the smell is also remove.

    I like to have (actively look for when checking out a new apiary site) water a bit closer than 1/2 mile. Last year's heat and lack of rainfall reinforce the importance of this simple requirement.
     
  4. JPthebeeman

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    Leaky faucets make great watering holes. Just be careful when you turn the knob! :wink:


    ...JP
     
  5. Barbarian

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    I'm not in a dry area but my bees seemed to prefer horse urine. Depending on your neighbours you may get some earache. :grin:
     
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    A friend of mine uses plastic entrance feeders full of water. His bees use it continuously even though there is a ditch with cat-tails in it less than 100 yards from his hives.

    I will be using these this summer as well.
     
  8. Dakine

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    OOPS I forgot I have neighbor with a pool 1/4 mile or so away. I do have a drip feeder for my chickens a lot closer, like 100 feet, the bees don't even use it for some reason.
     
  9. riverbee

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    that's cause they are going to the neighbors pool.....:grin:
     
  10. tecumseh

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    some smells especially perfume type stuff added to pools and hot tubs may add to this attractions. add a bit of lemon grass oil at the chicken drip waterer and see if 'the girls' suddenly find it attractive?