Bees Need Access to Water
If honey bees do not have access to water, the beekeeper must provide it on the property on which the hives are managed.
This water must be placed, where possible, in a partially shaded position in close proximity to the hives. It is necessary to place this water in position before or as the hives are brought on to the property. This helps the bees to orientate to this water before they look for other sources elsewhere.
To allow the bees to alight and drink, water containers should include suitable floating material, or stones, bricks or sand to provide a beach effect if using a shallow pan. The use of Boardman feeders for water supply in urban areas is encouraged.
Source: Victorian Apiary Code of Practice, May 2011
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