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  1. #1
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    Question what is the best Hive top feeder

    Hi i have been using jars on inner covers i made for feeding nucs and splits i did, but i want a better hive top feeder, and i don't know what one is the better one to go with? i hear so many different things about drowning and robbing and leaking ect.. What hive top feeder is everyone going with this year ?? and if you make them , could you share plans or tell me how to make my own or where to buy them .

    Thanks

    Ben

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    South Whidbey Island, Washington State
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    Default Re: what is the best Hive top feeder

    OK, first the disclaimer; I haven't used these yet, but a fellow beek has them and really likes them. I plan to order a few because they really look like a great feeder. The price looks good too, even coming from Canada.

    http://www.beeworks.com/catalog/inde...keyword=feeder

    If the link doesn't work, they're called the "Rapid Feeder" and are sold by "The Bee Works" of which I have no affiliation.

    Ken.
    Last edited by KenS; 08-06-2012 at 11:00 PM. Reason: spelling error

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    goldsboro nc USA
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    Default Re: what is the best Hive top feeder

    I have a brushy mountain and a dadant hive top feeder with floats. He brushy works fine. The dadant leaks like a sieve. I've sealed as the instructions say but it still leaks

  4. #4
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    Houston, Texas, USA
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    Default Re: what is the best Hive top feeder

    Going to build three of the Fat Bee Man feeders this weekend.

    http://www.dixiebeesupply.com/Dixieb..._Supplies.html

    He also has videos on YouTube.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?gl=US&hl=...&v=Lx-pCxdM2NU
    Mike
    N5RWH - 9a

  5. #5
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    Default Re: what is the best Hive top feeder

    IMHO: The best one is the one in the corner of the honey house collecting dust. Any I have tried drowned bees like crazy.

  6. #6
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    Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA
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    Default Re: what is the best Hive top feeder

    I have tried almost all the hive top feeders on the market, and the best is Mann Lake's hive top feeder. NO leaks and VERY little to no drowned bees.

  7. #7
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    Silvana, wa
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    Default Re: what is the best Hive top feeder

    I make my own feeder
    I use 6 1x6 cut length wise with 1x1 on the top side
    1x3 on the ends
    On the bottom I use 2x1/4 all way around making it also a top entrance
    3 5/8 hole on top for 2 1 lb jars with a 6 5/8 supper on top
    I use this also to feed sugar mix dadent dry patty mix
    I use 1 1/2 staples mostly 1/4 on the bottom

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