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    Default best tbh feeder

    I know opinions vary, but I have a package coming next week, and wondered the best method for feeding a tbh, my original plan was open feeding away from the hive, but it's been cool off and on, and I don't want to incourage robbing from my other lang style hive.

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    Default Re: best tbh feeder

    I place a Boardman Feeder down in the hive with them. I usually position it behind the false back, letting just the entrance to the feeder poke out under the board into the main hive. That lets me change it out without most of the girls knowing I'm even there.

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    You will get best results feeding with an upside down jar feeder as close to the cluster as possible. When the weather is cooler they won't move too far. I place the jar a couple inches from the cluster.

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    Default Re: best tbh feeder

    how about making some fondant patties and placing them on the bottom of the hive?

    is that acceptable too?
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    Default Re: best tbh feeder

    Depends on what you are feeding for. Fondant patties would work for winter feeding but isn't going to do much if you are wanting say a package to build new comb.

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    Default Re: best tbh feeder

    Quote Originally Posted by mmiller View Post
    Depends on what you are feeding for. Fondant patties would work for winter feeding but isn't going to do much if you are wanting say a package to build new comb.

    Mike
    Thanks Mike. that makes sense.

    so, spring time = sugar water

    fall = fondant/sugar water....et al
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    Default Re: best tbh feeder

    Quote Originally Posted by mmiller View Post
    You will get best results feeding with an upside down jar feeder as close to the cluster as possible. When the weather is cooler they won't move too far. I place the jar a couple inches from the cluster.

    Mike
    Will they break cluster to go down and get it? I was hoping there was a way I could feed them above the cluster from outside of the hive with some sort of jar feeder so I'm not opening it up everyday to feed.

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    Default Re: best tbh feeder

    They will break cluster to go down if its close to them. Opening the hive is no proble since you can open from 6 or 8 bars behind the cluster and reach in and grab the jar. This is a very minimum disterbence. They won't pay any attention to you whatsoever. Since the top bars are tight against each other it makes top feeding difficult. People have made devices to do such things but I always wonder why take away the simplicity of the TBH?

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    Default Re: best tbh feeder

    I have a half gallon jar on a package I installed about 10 days ago on the inside of the hive, but when I put them in I also had some leftover fondant from last year. Not too much, maybe a two pounds give or take. They goobled up the Fondant (finally finished it today) but still have half of the thin syrup left. And they are on there 7th bar of comb, so fondant must not slow them down much. Normally you want thin syrup since it is closer to nectar so it stimulates buildup, but in a package they have no choice but to build up, so I guess that is why it worked. It was perfect timing though for the package. The weather got nice and everything turned green about two days before the package.

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    Default Re: best tbh feeder

    It shouldn't take long to build up, it's been 50-70 through the days and 40-50 at night, alot of trees, and dandilions in bloom been green here about 2 weeks, so I think they will find nectar real soon, it's the rain keepin them in with no stores that I'm really worried about.

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    Default Re: best tbh feeder

    Any opinions about placing a couple of large baggies inside your TBH with 1:1 sugar water?

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    Default Re: best tbh feeder

    Baggies will work, but jars work as well.

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