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Monday, November 24, 2008

The Baggie Rules!

I have had two Boardman feeders inside an empty nuc box on top of the absconded hive. Yesterday I opened the box and found some dead bees inside the holder for the feeder jar. I don't know if the cold weather affected the flow or if the jar was leaking between the lid and the glass - whatever the explanation, liquid leaked and bees died.

I removed the jars and replaced them with two sandwich sized baggies. I used sandwich bags because if I ever use a baggie that can't lie completely flat, then the bags get filled with drowned bees. I figured that the two sandwich bags gave the bees about the same amount of food, but wouldn't cause the problems that the full sized baggies do.

Persephone is also a hive low on supplies. I had put a baggie in last week but was not in a suit. When I opened the hive, the bees weren't happy with my intrusion so I couldn't leave the hive open long enough to slit the bag. So this week I slit that bag and added another full bag.

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