BeeMax® Hivetop Feeder
This feeder comes in sizes to fit Wooden 8 Frame, Wooden 10 Frame, or Beemax® Polystyrene hives. It is constructed of a seamless, one-piece polystyrene unit and it never needs sealing or resealing. This feeder comes with a Plexiglass Insert Panel.
Bees enter at the front and are kept from the bulk of the syrup by a Plexiglass panel. We do offer replacment Plexiglass Insert Panels for this feeder.
Our Hive Top Feeder instructions can be found here.
Important: Do NOT use an inner cover when feeding. Make sure the outer cover is clean of debris and sits flat on top of the feeder. That will ensure no outside bees can enter the feed reservoir and drown.
Hint 1: Paint the outside of this feeder with two coats of a good exterior latex paint.
Hint 2: Roughen the Plexiglass panel on the inside to give bees better grip so they don't fall into the syrup.
Making Sugar Syrup: For Spring feeding create a 1:1 syrup suing 1 pound water (2 cups) to 1 pound sugar. For fall feeding make a 2:1 syrup using 2 pounds sugar per pound of water. Water must be very hot to dissolve sugar. We do not feed sugar syrup during cold weather when bees are not able to take cleansing flights. 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.