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I just installed 2 new hives.... What is the best way to provide fresh water and make it easy for my bees to access???
 

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or the lagoon, neighbors swimming pool your dogs dish or in my case a neighbor down the streets fish pond waterfall
 

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i use a chicken waterer with some rocks in it for the girls to stand on. mine is only about 15-20 feet away though, too close?
 

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I have a shallow bird bath near the garden, with some rocks and sticks in it to keep bees from drowning.
I just bought a pound of sea salt with minerals (for human seasoning use) and am adding a tablespoon to the bee bath water to see if this attracts them. I know butterflies are attracted to mud and cow poop etc...for the minerals and trace elements they are seeking. I've heard bees appreciate a little bit of salt, so we'll see.
 

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Omie said:
I've heard bees appreciate a little bit of salt, so we'll see.
I have heard the same thing. There is a trend of people who are switching to salt water swimming pools so they dont have to use chemicals. From what i have read the salt water attracts bees to the pools and bees became a problem they didnt havve when using clorine or bromine.
 

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rgy, some beeks use boardman feeders with pure water on the front of the hive, so I don't think yours are too close. I just like to keep foragers a decent distance away from my other hives, especially during a dearth.
 
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