Re: Almost ready to quit and I just started!
Unbaked, There is actually a lot to learn in keeping bees but don't despair it will all come in time, I have heard of hive top feeders drowning bees but have never experienced it myself since I don't have any. I needed feeders for my six hives so I took the cheap way and went down to the local Dollar General store and purchased 1 quart plastic food storage containers with snap on lids for a dollar apiece then came home and placed a number of holes in the lids with a heated frame nail. I have two containers for each hive, they sit lid side down on top of the frames with 3/8" shims under them to allow the bees to move freely and collect the syrup. Then I place a shallow super around them on top of the hive and the top cover above the super. I do have to open the hive to refill them but it is only a small inconvenience and I need to keep an eye on whats happening in the hive anyway, You will not have a drowning problem with this method.
Since you have no one to learn from locally don't hesitate to ask questions on this forum, there are many people here who would be happy to help you or you can PM me at any time, I would be honored to help in any way that I can....
Bill...in Southeast Ohio Zone 6A, Never look down on anybody unless you are helping them up