bees that swim

Discussion in 'Beekeeping' started by suburbanite, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. suburbanite

    suburbanite Well-Known Member

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    I am getting sick and tired of fishing live bees out of my oriole feeder, which they climb into in search of sugar water, fall in the drink, and swim until either I rescue them or they drown.

    Any suggestions for ways to keep the bees out without deterring the birds too?

    So far its only 1 pm here and I'm on my third 'bee rescue' mission to the oriole feeder. :flame:
     
  2. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

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    oriole feeders and honey bees are a bad combination. The holes in an oriole feeder is large enough to admit the bees. You'll have to choose. I got rid of our oriole feeder after I found a couple hundred drowned bees inside.
     

  3. suburbanite

    suburbanite Well-Known Member

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    I took it down. The hummers are irritated to be left with four fewer holes to drink from. The orioles weren't coming to it much this time of year anyway.