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  1. #1
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    Default top feeder

    which top feeder do you prefer the wood one with pontoon floats from dadant or the plastic one with screen? The wood one allows the bees to go everwhere vs the screened that keeps them in one area.

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    Default Re: top feeder

    A gallon zip loc bag laying on the top bars. If you have a relatively level hive, seal the seal and only make a small slit or two in the top side, you will not drown a single bee.

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    Default Re: top feeder

    Not an attempt to hijack the thread, just to add a question to pp270's questions and Vance's answer.

    Using the gallon bag on top of the frames, would you build a short top ring, say about 1-2", then put the inner cover and lid on?

  4. #4
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    Default Re: top feeder

    I prefer the screened ones; there seems to be less drowning.

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    Default Re: top feeder

    I take my cappings scratcher and poke two rows of holes in a full gallon size ziplock bag of syrup when feeding. The little ladies can get their little proboscis right in through the holes. its like a feeding trough for bees haha.

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    Default Re: top feeder

    Nothing beats an inverted jar on the lid!!! You can observe from afar and dont have to open the hive to check or refill.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: top feeder

    I like the screened in wooden feeders.....
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