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This innovative, leak-proof Hive Top Feeder is so much better than the old wooden style. In fact, it is practically maintenance free. This version, specifically designed for the 8 Frame Wooden Hives, is constructed of a seamless, one-piece polystyrene unit and NEVER needs sealing or resealing. Bees enter at the front and are kept from the bulk of the syrup by a Plexiglass panel.
NEVER FEED WHILE A HONEY FLOW IS ON UNLESS YOU WANT A SYRUP HARVEST INSTEAD OF A HONEY HARVEST
Hint 1: Paint the outside of this feeder with two coats of a good exterior latex paint.
Hint 2: Leave the feeder on all winter to increase top insulation.
Hint 3: Hint 3: A good beekeeper in Troy, NY recommends scoring the Plexiglass panel on the inside to add some traction for little bee feet.
Making Sugar Syrup: For fall feeding, add enough water to 24 lbs. of sugar to make 3 gallons. For spring feeding, add enough water to 18 lbs. of sugar to make 3 gallons. Mixtures should be 67% solids by weight for fall feeding and 75% by weight for spring feeding. Thicker syrups in fall ensure good consumption rates and higher volume feeding in spring ensures colony build up. Some beekeepers recommend putting Honey Bee Healthy to ensure less mold, but always remember to remove feeders with moldy syrup and clean them well before reapplying the feeder and feed. Do not leave feed on indefinitely untended as bees will access feed only when they need it, sometimes abandoning it and long enough for mold spores to develop.
Material: Proprietary High Density Polstyrene, Plastic