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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
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    Little Rock, AR, USA
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    Default Hive Top Feeder and Comb

    I am just starting out. (hives are between 4 weeks and 2 weeks old)

    For two new hives, I have the Mann Lake FD110 http://www.mannlakeltd.com/mm5/merch...productInfo/2/ hive top feeder on two hives.

    I have not used my inner cover and wonder if I should. All hives put a little bit of comb on the bottom of the feeder, but on one of the hives, they seem to really love it.
    Each week that I check the feed level and the laying status (all three hives are doing well with drawing and laying), I scrape it off. However, this is also the 3# package hive and it really needs to not waste its energy.

    Should I use an innder cover below the feeder or just keep on doing what I am doing?

    Thanks all. I have learned a lot from these forums and thank you everything.

  2. #2
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    Nov 2004
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    Brown County, IN
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    Default Re: Hive Top Feeder and Comb

    As you seen, they just build it again, so I usually just leave any burr comb they build at the bottom of feeders unless it's in the way.

  3. #3
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    May 2011
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    Keno, OR
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    Default Re: Hive Top Feeder and Comb

    The Mannlake one just violates the bee space, due to the way it is constructed. It could use some modification to prevent that. I have the one from Dadant, which is build differently. The only place I find burr in that one is in the opening going up. It is usually very little and they give up really quick on it once you remove it.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Asheville, North Carolina, USA
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    Default Re: Hive Top Feeder and Comb

    I wouldn't leave the comb either, it could make a mess of things later. I agree with Katharina on the bee space issue.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Windsor, Maine, USA
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    Default Re: Hive Top Feeder and Comb

    I just started using one this year. When I got it and looked it over I was also wondering what would stop the bees from building comb on it. So I have put it above the inner cover. The bees are coming up and using it no problem. I don't know if they are building comb under it or not, because it's only been on for a little over a week. Maybe next time I check the hive I'll hold it up and look. If they are building comb I'll nail a couple of pieces of 1/4" plywood to the bottom of it and seal it up except for the middle. I have read that some burr comb is OK, and the bees use it for a "ladder".

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