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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
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    Albuquerque, NM
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    It is my intention to build a hive top feeder, so I have been looking around to get some ideas. There seem to be two distinct reservoirs styles on hive top feeders, those with one reservoir (like the one on this page) and those with two (like this one).
    Is this just a matter of personal preference, or is there a good reason to have two reservoirs as apposed to one?

    I suppose 1/2 can be used for syrup and 1/2 could be used for dry feed, but other than that I see no reason to design this way. Or perhaps it is an issue to allow for safe surface area to the bees to access the syrup, but this can still be achieved in a single reservoir system.

    As far as I can tell a single reservoir would be easier to build and use less material.
    -Robert<br /><a href=\"http://photos.bobsbees.com\" target=\"_blank\">Photos and Such</a>

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Williston, NC, USA
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    I have lots of the single reservoir type (Miller?) and one of the double reservoir which I bought from Mann Lake. I know you'll think I'm crazy, but the bees refuse to use the double reservoir. Can't figure out why. The only difference I can see is that the double is made from a honey super and holds 4 instead of 2 gallons.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    oneonta al.
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    The ad at miller bee,say's that is what the double wall is for.1 for syrup & the other for dry feed.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Greenville, TX, USA
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    Below are pictures of my attempt at a home made rapid feeder. It is constructed of a Sterlite box and lid from Walmart, $1.92, and a pint plastic funnel from Walmart, $.64. It is assembled with GE Silicone II glue. I cleaned the plastic parts with alcohol and sanded lightly to give it some teeth. The hole in the bottom is 3" and the funnel hole is about 1" after trimming it back. The cover is a 3# sized empty butter dish. I glued some scrap screen material to the funnel for footing. It holds about 2.5 gallons and fits pretty snug in a medium super.

    http://www.myoldtools.com/feeder/feeder1.jpg
    http://www.myoldtools.com/feeder/feeder2.jpg
    http://www.myoldtools.com/feeder/feeder3.jpg
    http://www.myoldtools.com/feeder/feeder4.jpg

    After using these all spring, I can say they work and they don't drown bees.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Lyons, CO
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    When dry feeding in a double (mine's from Mann Lake) does one pull up the screen on the dry side, or do you have to shovel the dry feed up onto the screen?
    Bees, brews and fun
    in Lyons, CO

  6. #6

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    I have built 3 doubles so far. I used one on my hive last year and the bees took to it immediatly. I haven't had any problem with acceptance. I am still working on my design though. Mine are based on the miller design from this site.
    If you see me runnin' you'd better keep up!
    http://hillshivery.blogspot.com/

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