No need to look for other causes, just look in the upper right
hand corner of your post. TX and TN are very different. We often
get late winter rain followed by sub-freezing
temps. Wet bees + freeze = dead bees.
Pour enough rain on the top you described and it will leak.
So do we. Don't mistake hot summers for mild winters in north Texas. November up through April ice storms are very common here. Single digits aren't unheard of, but aren't common. Teens and twenties are common. 16 days without getting above freezing in 1980.
My tops are plywood without a rim. If you add strips around your tops, that makes a dam that then feeds into the hole.
Turn down the AC and revive the memories ;)
gene weitzel writes:
I follow almost exactly the same protocol with exactly the same results. I thought I came up with it on my own
tecumseh replies: I utilize what sounds like the same thing... being quite non inventive I stole the idea from a commercial beekeeper who use to employ me in florida back when heck was a pup (perhaps ??? four decades ago).
if the feeder lid get properly glued in place, then very little water problems occur. most time when problems arise (for me) it is when a bottle gets blown off the top. I would also suggest that the net effect on a hive with a leaking top cover of snow is not the same as ice.
I cut holes with a holesaw in my tops that fits a wide mouth mason jar. I can buy half-gallon mason jars locally, which make great feeders ( you can check them at a distance). Since the holesaw leaves a circular cutout piece, I just nail it to a scrap board that is larger than the hole. This makes a lid or cover for the hole that will not blow away. The bees will readily propolize the 1/8" internal gap which makes a good seal.