Ultimate Direct Feeder

The large capacity, 1-gallon in-hive Universal Direct Feeder is perfect for anyone who wants to feed their colonies without disturbing the bees!

Shown with riser feet in storage position.
  • Item Code: UHF2
  • 26.95 USD$26.95

Feed your bees through spring, fall, and winter with the Bee Smart Ultimate Direct Feeder! Its large 1-gallon feed tank capacity and in-hive feeding method make it the perfect option for 3-season feeding or watering your bees. This feeder features a light blue 1-gallon reservoir that allows for quick checking of feed levels. Add stability with the included riser feet (use is optional).

How Does it Work?

With the blue ring unscrewed, fill the reservoir with sugar syrup or water, then place it on top of the hole in your inner cover. Add a medium box (10 or 8 frame) and top it all off with your outer cover.

Features Include:

  • Holds 1 gallon of sugar syrup or water
  • Refill quickly and easily without disturbing the bees
  • Designed for spring, fall, and winter feeding
  • EZ-grip handle
  • Thick-walled, light blue tank allows for easy monitoring of syrup level
  • Easy access feeder holes for fast, continuous feeding
  • Fits in any 8 or 10 frame medium box
  • Grip ring for tightening and loosening cap
  • Ventilation ribs allow hive to breathe
  • Alignment pins keep feeder centered on inner cover hole


  • If you don't want to pour syrup or water on your bees, make sure to get an airtight seal before placing the feeder on the hive
  • Bee Smart also offers the Ultimate In-Hive Feeder and the Ultimate Hive-Top Feeder
  • Pick up syrup so you are ready to go
  • This product used to be called the Ultimate 3-Season Feeder.

How to Feed Sugar Syrup:

Spring Feeding: Create a 1:1 syrup using 1 lb. water (2 cups) to 1lb. sugar.

Fall Feeding: Make a 2:1 syrup using 2 lb. sugar per 1 lb. of water.

Feeding Notes:

  • When making syrup, water must be very hot to dissolve sugar
  • Do not feed sugar syrup during cold weather when bees are not able to take cleansing flights
  • Do not feed sugar syrup until it is warm enough for bees to fly regularly. If the weather is still too cold, feed winter patties. Pollen patties are used to stimulate build-up of hives in anticipation of the spring flow, but don’t feed them too early because pollen supplements will cause rapid expansion, and there may not be enough bees to keep the brood warm.

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