BeeMax® Hivetop Feeder
This innovative Hive Top Feeder is so much better than the old wooden style. In fact, it is practically maintenance free. This feeder comes in sizes to fit Wooden 8 Frame, Wooden 10 Frame, and Beemax® Polystyrene hives. It 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 Plexiglass panel. We do offer a replacment Plexiglass Insert Panels for this feeder
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 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 75% solids by weight for fall feeding and 67% 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.