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Offline LizzieBee

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Very thirsty bees
« on: October 14, 2018, 12:33:26 am »
Ever since it rained a week and a half ago my bees have been buzzing around leaking faucets, and today they were bothering me when a few drops of water were on my water bottle outside. They landed on it and drank up the drops of water. After the rain it got fairly warm again. I don?t know if the behavior is from the recent rain or the fact that I also started feeding them 2:1 sugar water syrup right after the rain. Any thoughts?

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Re: Very thirsty bees
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2018, 01:44:59 am »
What is the temperature like?  Has there been a drought, other than the recent rain?  Are there any water sources nearby? Foliage / forage available?

Sounds like they are hot or just need water to bring balance to the air conditioner in the hive.  Perhaps put out a water bucket with straw float in it so they can land without drowning and get the water they need to take back to the hive.
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Re: Very thirsty bees
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2018, 07:27:44 am »
My father in law always kept a little water fountain near his hives that the bees really liked. It was only about 1 foot tall and it had a very small pump to keep the water moving.
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Re: Very thirsty bees
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2018, 03:13:27 am »
Mine were doing kinda the same thing the other day.  Not feeding and we've been getting rain.  Sucking up water on glasses, tables, stands and in mud that our dogs created from digging.  They may be looking for various minerals or something, don't know.  They have been going crazy for water.  I normally have water in an entrance feeder for them, but I didnt this year...temp has been 60's. 
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Re: Very thirsty bees
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2018, 02:18:38 am »
It?s about 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

I filled up a small chicken water feeder and put rocks around the feeding tray. It?s right next to the hive and the bees are using it but still attending the faucets around the house.

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Re: Very thirsty bees
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2018, 02:24:52 am »
They may be trying to deal with and issue and are after chlorine.  Try a teaspoon of chlorine in the that waterer you put out there.
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Re: Very thirsty bees
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2018, 08:59:37 am »
Bees prefer a water source that they can smell and tell other bees what it smells fine like. They also prefer moving water.
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Re: Very thirsty bees
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2018, 12:39:29 am »
I am very interested in bees, i currently work at a biochemistry company(https://www.creative-proteomics.com/services/de-novo-peptides-proteins-sequencing-service.htm), i think i will do more reseaarch on bees.

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Re: Very thirsty bees
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2018, 02:11:39 am »
I am very interested in bees, i currently work at a biochemistry company(https://www.creative-proteomics.com/services/de-novo-peptides-proteins-sequencing-service.htm), i think i will do more reseaarch on bees.

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Re: Very thirsty bees
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2018, 10:36:14 am »
I am very interested in bees, i currently work at a biochemistry company(https://www.creative-proteomics.com/services/de-novo-peptides-proteins-sequencing-service.htm), i think i will do more reseaarch on bees.
Welcome to Beemaster.
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Re: Very thirsty bees
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2018, 09:19:56 pm »
I am very interested in bees, i currently work at a biochemistry company(https://www.creative-proteomics.com/services/de-novo-peptides-proteins-sequencing-service.htm), i think i will do more reseaarch on bees.
Welcome to Beemaster.
This is the best forum to learn and ask about bees.
Jim

Yes, welcome! You will find some very nice people here, eager to help you as your interest grows, such as answering  questions you may have along with sharing from their learned experiences. There is one fellow here that comes from a family of 7 generations of commercial bee keepers! He has never blurted this out but told me so in a PM. We have bee keeping legends here, know all over the world!  We all seem to learn something from one another. This is my first year beekeeping and most here have been very kind and helpful!!  Best to you Phillip Hall "Ben Framed"
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