Can someone let me know what company it was that just came out with the new hive top feeder that goes in a shallow super? I think it will hold up to 4 gallons. I have been looking everywhere to find out that my wife tossed all my mail out that I did not have in the honey house.
Thanks for all your help. I thought it was them and I went to the web site and scrolled to about page 25 before I gave up. thanks again
Click on the button that says "search", then type in feeders. That will get you there.
Take a careful look at that feeder before
you buy. I saw them at EAS 2004 last August,
and I was NOT at all impressed.
What I saw was a black plastic insert that
looked like a "good" feeder design, but
with one fatal flaw - there was space below
the plastic where bees can and will build comb. Quite a bit of space.
One could overcome this problem by adding
a solid surface with a slot in it to prevent
the bees from getting at that space, but
then one has a problem figuring out how to
seal the edges to prevent the bees from
squeezing into that space.
When I feed colonies, I am doing so in the
very early spring, and tend to peek into
the top of the feeder to check feed level
without doing anything else. Its cold,
so I don't feel like "inspecting" anything.
If a colony is reacting to feeding in the
usual manner, it building up, and has lots
of newly-hatched bees with nothing better
to do than to hang around and make new comb.
They will do so in any free space available.
I don't want to add a super of foundation so
early, so I like the feeders that do NOT
present an inviting place to build rouge
comb. I like the styrofoam hive-top feeders.
I hve used the one from Mann lake and it does good but like Jfisher stated they build alot of comb in the empty space (there is alot of it).........I am buying a beemax feeder to see how they are and may switch because one colony I had been feeding built about 8 ombs across it and they were a HUGE mess when I took it off........I might just make my one as I want to slot to run across the frames not with them as the mann lake does that way they can move up into it from wichever frame they are on......
You have to stop and smell the roses......but please watch out for my bees.
I had a hive top feeder on a nuc that had plenty of room "downstairs" but them moved into the feeder, lock stock and barrel:
I don't like a lot of space available to the bees.
Hmmm, I have about 40 Beemax feeders and just one from Mann Lake. I used them all (and then some) this summer to draw comb. I didn't have any trouble with bees building comb in the ample space under the Mann Lake feeder.
I tend to prefer the Mann Lake feeder only because it is reasonably priced.
The Beemax feeder is a great product but is over-priced relative to its cost.
The top cover must fit squarely on the feeder
with no bee gaps or this will result in many drowned bees
on the same note my bees started using the swimming pool for water and the wife objected to that so I bought a foutain and in order to attract them to it I baited it with sugar water and they looked like a swarm on it ,later there were many bees drowned
You might look into the hive top feeder they sell at www.millerbeesupply.com
It's a very good design, easy to fill, and very durable. When I bought mine I removed the screening and sealed the wood. The seams come caulked from the factory but the wood isn't sealed. Anway, it's not too expensive on a hobbyist scale, doesn't provide a lot of room for the bees to build burr comb, and you can fill it without suiting up.
I made the "Miller feeders" from the plans on this site. Though they are tough to make it was worth it. I leave them on in the winter for a ventilation port. Have used them a lot. I covered the tops with hardware cloth because they do attract robbers.
In order to water or feed bees in the open without them drowning they need either a "beach" where they can walk up to the edge of the water, or a "ladder" where they can climb down to it. I've used five gallon buckets with lots of sticks in them and the bees land on the sticks and climb down to the water. I've also used floats made to fit the bucket and I've used gravel to make a "beach". They all work pretty well.
I have a birdbath filled to the brim with river rock. I keep the water at rim level as well. The bees just love it. http://groups.msn.com/BHGFriendlyGar...&PhotoID=20099
Tia, I enjoyed your photos, looks like a lot of work. I see it keeps you trim enough to shimmy up trees
Oh, I saw your yellow jacket nest hanging on the arbor...
Bill, had me going there for a minute--had to go find the picture of me shimmying up the tree!