Improve Your Bee Habitat with Water
While many folks worry about having too much moisture in the hive, the bees don’t really want the interior to be bone dry. Bees need water, just like all living things.
The moisture levels inside the hive may go up and down depending on how much the bees are moving around and giving off heat, and what the outside temperature is.
Bees Need Water Year Round
Bees still need water in winter and unlike the warmer times of year when they can send a contingent outside to find some, during the cold of winter the bees prefer to get their moisture inside the hive.
If you’ve had a cold dry spell your bees may be thirsty. In winter, it’s important that your bees have access to water somewhere near their hives.
How to Give Your Bees a Convenient Water Source
I have some small bird baths about fifty feet from my hives. I keep the bottom covered with moss, so that the bees can land easily without falling into the water. And I check periodically to make sure the water isn’t frozen.
If the water in the bird bath is frozen, the bees probably aren’t coming outside anyway. But if it’s been awhile since the last warm weather, and suddenly we get a little sunshine midday, some foragers will come out to look for water.
Make it easy on these foraging bees by providing a source of clean fresh water close by.
Read more: How to Rescue a Honeybee
Watch My Bees Using Their Water Source
This short video shows some honey bees making use of a small pool of water. You can see several bees crawl down the rock wall to get access to the water. As you can see, when you give your bees a good source of fresh water, they will have a little pool party!