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    Default Inside feeders.

    Sunday, June 27, 2010.
    I installed some Mother Lode brand plastic feeders with caps and ladders.
    This is a trial run to see how they work out in my operation.
    They are instaled in medium depth supers.
    I used my SUREBONDER GLUE GUN, HE-750, to place some glue on the plastic clips. (I had a few that would not stay together.)

    Comments are welcomed!
    Ernie
    Ernie
    My websitehttp://bees4u.com/

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    Default Re: Inside feeders.

    We use them w/out the caps and ladders. We bend a piece of 1/4" of wire cloth as a ladder. Start out with a 24x8" and bend it back and forth. The bends are about 1 1/2"
    I am holding on to the hope I have inside... Kutless

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    Default Re: Inside feeders.

    I use the same one as well. There are a few issues that I have with them. The main issue is that with the cheese board covers I use there is not a rim on them so it is critical that the frame rest be kept clean so the bees have room to access the feeder. Another issue that I have is that some colonies will propolize the ladder screening so filling them becomes difficult. Other than that they work good and are very durable. I've been using them for 2 years now.
    Leer Family Honey Farm-Shannon Leer

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    Default Re: Inside feeders.

    I also use the medium feeder without the cap and ladder. To make a float, I cut 1 X 2 lathing about an inch shorter than the length of the feeder so it will float all the way to the bottom. It works great. I lose a few (but acceptable) number of bees to drowning. The feeders and, of course, the floats are very durable.
    From each according to his ability, to each according to his contribution. Charles Koch

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    Default Re: Inside feeders.

    does anyone think there is or might be a problem with putting a gallon of water inside a hive, especially spring and fall? i use them too, i just wonder if the added moisture could promote nosema or chalkbrood, or other things that would do well with the added humidity. they do seem to be the best option for feeding.

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    Default Re: Inside feeders.

    "... they do seem to be the best option for feeding...."
    thats because there is a danger of robbing with outside feeders. the downside is they are harder to check/fill (inside). much easier to provide water outside, and little to no advantage putting it inside.
    good luck, mike
    "Wine is a constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy" Ben Franklin

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