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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 Beemax® Polystyrene hives, is constructed of a seamless, one-piece polystyrene unit and it NEVER needs sealing or resealing. Bees enter at the front and are kept from the bulk of the syrup by a Plexiglas 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: A good beekeeper in Troy, NY recommends scoring the Plexiglas 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 and abandon it in some cases long enough for mold spores to develop.
Material: Plastic, Proprietary High Density Polstyrene
Item Weight: 4.73 lb
Date Introduced by Betterbee, Inc.: 1/1/2003
Item Color: White
Almost completely drown-proof
This feeder has a unique design with a plastic shield that provides bee space to allow them to come up from below but not crawl out into the feeder box. This makes it nearly drown-proof. Also the same design feature prevents bees from flying out when removing the outer cover to add syrup.
Being made from foam it is very easy to clean if your syrup ferments or gets moldy. I do have some concerns about the foam construction- one must be very careful with the hive tool and it is possible to break it by stepping on it or kicking it. I've painted the exterior of mine for better UV resistance. With care I think it should last years.
Finally, it has huge capacity, the eight frame feeder can hold more than 2 gallons of syrup.