Bees swarming chicken water

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ericaoruiz, Jun 1, 2016.

  1. ericaoruiz

    ericaoruiz New Egg

    Jun 1, 2016
    I'm new here so, hello to everyone:)
    I need some advice about bees around my chickens water. I have a bucket waterer for my chickens and I bring it out of the coop with the hens while they free range during most of the day. The last couple of very hot days have brought bees swarming to the chickens water! I love bees and they were drowning in the water, so I put out a bowl(same color green as the chicken water) with water and sticks for perches for the bees. They barely go near the bowl and still swarm the hens water.
    I guess my questions are:
    Why would the bees be so persistent about getting their water from the hens bucket?
    And will these bees bother my hens? I haven't seen them go up to their water as often when the bees are there. Do the bees stings hurt the hens? I've already gotten stung and it sucks!

    Thank you for any help:)
  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2015
    Deer park, Washington
    Are these honey bees,?

    If they are get a rubber pan water dish rubber is a great surface for them to land on..set it some where eles or somewhere you can refill. . Put a board inside so it will float..
    If you keep it full the bees will find it...
    Next only water your chickens just enough to let dish go dry after there done. . Bees wont bug a dry dish..Eventually the bees will figure it out. . And perfer the new location. ..good luck
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  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. You could consider using drinking nipples. Making a system can be as simple as drilling holes in a bucket and slotting the nipples in.

    All the best
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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    CTKen has offered up a very good solution. It does take some time though to teach the chickens to use the nipples. It also will keep the water clean
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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