Building a bee waterer
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We're still feeding
our honeybees, helping them sock away some extra honey to make it
through the winter. I've been giving them really strong sugar
water (half sugar, half water) to make it easier for them to dehydrate
the liquid into honey in the cool weather, but that seems to make the
exceptionally thirsty. At the same time, I poured out our kiddie
pool of water since it's too late in the year to be soaking
mushrooms. The combination of factors sent the bees searching for
other water sources, and we started finding drowned bees in every
standing body of water around the farm.
Guilt-stricken, I set up a water feeder by filling a pie pan with
marbles and then water. The marbles give the bees a spot to land
so that they don't drown when they come to drink, and the bees were
suitably impressed. No more drowned bees!