Using a boardman entrance feeder as a top feeder in a Warré
Hello Fello Warréors,
I made an unwise box removal in early fall, and put it back on the hive after killing much brood by chilling. There was lots of nectar in it, and minimal honey.
All that to say that I've been feeding this hive honey from another colony in my yard.
I've seen first hand the robbing that can take place when using a boardman feeder in the entrance. No more.
I still use my boardman feeder, but now it's inside the quilt box instead of the entrance.
I used a knife to cut a slit that penetrated both the quilt cloth and the top cloth. You don't have to orient the cut parallel to the topbars, but I think it's easier. Also, the cut doesn't have to be between top bars. Wherever you think you can pull up both cloths and do the least damage. Mine was lightly propolized to the top bars.
Now, pull up one side of the incision and slip the ledge of the boardman feeder underneath both cloth layers.
The jar is easy to monitor and replace without opening the hive, and the bees get the feed in the spot that most helps them.
You do need to make sure that your quilt box is taller than your jar, or otherwise make arrangements for clearance. I found it easiest to remove all of the shavings before making the incision, and replacing them after the feeder was installed. My shavings hold together so that when I remove an empty jar the jar shaped cavity remains making it easy to load a fresh jar of feed.
I have no idea whether they're eating it straight away or simply taking it down and storing it.
Doubt I'm the first to cobble this type of top feeder together, but I'm sure loving it.