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    Default feeder????

    What do people recommend as the best feeder?
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    Ralph

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    i use a miller type feeder....your results may very...greg

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    I've tried just about all of them. My favorite is an inverted mason jar through a migratory cover. Cheap, simple, easy, don't have to open the hive, sun warms the syrup so they take it good.

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    I use frame feeders in all my brood chambers. Easy to fill. Can add up to 2 gallons at a time. Only requires opening the lid 3". Syrup is warmed by being in the hive. Bees don't have to go outside to get the food. Little robbing. I don't use cap and ladder currently, but I did previously. With cap and ladder you have very few drowned bees.

    There are lots of ways to feed. Find a method that you are comfortable with, and do it.

    Wisnewbee
    Honey Luv Farm

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    I like one that is like a chicken water from Simsons. Place on top of a intercover. With a Emptybox on top of it.

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    I have some of the top feeders from Mann Lake (plastic). It holds a lot of syrup which is nice but bees build bur comb in it and they don't syrup as long from it in the fall. I also have used baggies their are OK just hate filling them and throwing them away. I like the inner cover with a hole for a mason jar, and a gallon feeder pail, easy to fill and they take it longer in the fall the drawback then is adding an empty super.
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    dave cushman is a deceased brit who's website is still being maintained and has a drawing of the miller feeder that just screams I AM EASY TO BUILD! top right of the home page has an A to Z index in the top right corner. Just search dave cushman beekeeper and you will find the site.

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    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Quote Originally Posted by beehonest View Post
    I have some of the top feeders from Mann Lake (plastic). It holds a lot of syrup which is nice but bees build bur comb in it and they don't syrup as long from it in the fall. I also have used baggies their are OK just hate filling them and throwing them away. I like the inner cover with a hole for a mason jar, and a gallon feeder pail, easy to fill and they take it longer in the fall the drawback then is adding an empty super.
    I have the Mann Lake top feeders, too. They work well, but I had to run a bead of silicone around the screen to keep the bees out of the syrup. But once that's done, it's a piece of cake to fill.

    But I only have a few hives. If you have hundreds or thousands of hives, it might be a different matter.

    I like the BM plastic top feeder, too, but they don't make it for 8-frame hives.
    Greg Whitehead, Ten Mile, TN
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
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    Baggie feeders work for me. Of course I like the free ones I get whenever someone decides beekeeping is not for them................
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    For me, it is hard to beat the migratory top with Mason Jar feeders. Use glass jars. Use quarts, 1/2 gallon, or gallon jars. Easy to feed; can see how fast they are taking it; don't have to open hive to refill; sum warms the glass jar quickly; does not require an empty deep over it.

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    I use mann lake hive top feeders ( expensive if you have a lot of hives) some say place the Hivetop feeder over top of a inner cover to prevent burr comb build up..I've been using a gallon and a half frame feeders with ladders with good success.

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