Re: How to build a hive top feeder
I use the Miller feeder and plans are on the home page. Works very well and holds more than 2 gallons.
I used 2 x4 for perimeter and 1 x 4 for center pieces. The corners are simple butt joints with nails and wood screws. Used 3/4 inch plywood screwed to 2 x 4 frame. I ran a bead of silicone in all joints before fastening.
I added a screened vent hole on each side at top of tanks.
I thoroughlty waxed interior of tanks prior to adding the last baffle and then waxed it too. Wax seals corners and significantly prevent mildew build up.
Plan is not real clear, Bees go up the center, over the interior 1x4 tank end and down screened V.
I've had no problems with the bees building bridge comb that you see with the Mann Lake plastic hive top feeder. Because of the wood, bees will also use this feeder longer in cold temps.
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