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  1. #1
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    Default Jar feeders on mating nucs

    Ive noticed in photos that some beekeepers use jar feeders on top of mating nucs. Do they just cut a hole in the cover so the jar top fits snug ? I would think some rain can leak in. It looks like an easy way to feed until they are transfered into a hive.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Jar feeders on mating nucs

    I cut a one inch hole so the jar fits over the feeder cover and does not leak due to the overlap. Think about it. The rain runs straight down the side of a jar into the hive with a perfect size hole. With an undersized hole it has an easier path away from the jar.
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  3. #3
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    Default Re: Jar feeders on mating nucs

    Hhhmmmmm.I have to disagree.If you cut the hole to exactly fit the jar lid then the slight rim on the lid makes a good seal.The hole must be a tight fit.There is also no way for these to be tipped over.

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    Sweetwater,TN
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    Default Re: Jar feeders on mating nucs

    I use a 2&3/4 size hole saw to make my top feeder holes. This is the same size as a regular mouth jar, they fit snug and because of using the hole saw it is perfectly round not like a free hand cut. They don't leak very bad if there is any gap the bees propolize it. The feeder needs to be near the front or the back of the nuc so that you don't have syrup dripping on the middle cluster. Another trick I have found is that I staple a piece of number 8 hardware cloth under the feeder hole, I didn't in the beginning and I found that the bees glue the feeder to the top bars.
    Major

  5. #5
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    Weeki Wachee, Florida,USA
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    Default Re: Jar feeders on mating nucs

    AmBeekeeper,
    Where do you get the 1 inch plugs?
    Cargill??? (I think that's the company) has them but they cost a small fortune unless you buy 1000's.
    You'd think a 1 inch plug would be easy to find its not!!

  6. #6
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    Houston, Texas, USA
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    Default Re: Jar feeders on mating nucs

    Duct tape fixes all...
    Mike
    N5RWH - 9a

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