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  1. #1
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    Jan 2013
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    Lumpkin County, GA
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    Default Top Feeder Question

    All,
    I am building some top feeders for my hives and have a question concerning top entrances. Since the top feeder box serves as the inner cover, should I put a hole in the box to allow for a top entrance? Or will this be just an easy access for robbing?
    Thanks in advance!

  2. #2
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    Jan 2013
    Location
    Midland, MI
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    Default Re: Top Feeder Question

    the top feeder should go on top of the inner cover. I didn;t know this when i put them on my hives and I had quite a mess of burr comb. I scraped it all off and then put the inner cover on with the feeder on top and have not had a problem since. You may want to consider making a small extension ring to go on top of the feeder that has some screened holes in it. this will allow for better ventilation.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
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    Bay City, MI
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    Default Re: Top Feeder Question

    Pro feeder from mann lake is the best feeder i ever used it goes in the place of 2 frames and with the cap and ladder system I have not lost 1 bee to drowning and it is easy to fill i even pored the syrup rite over the bees and there fine.Pro Feeders


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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Default Re: Top Feeder Question

    I put a shingle shim under each side of the top feeder and a reducer (sometimes just a broken off shim) across most of the front. I NEVER drill holes in my boxes!
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  5. #5
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    Mar 2013
    Location
    Easley, SC, USA
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    Default Re: Top Feeder Question

    I was using BM top feeders and have lost a lot of bees to them. I am going to switch to a frame feeder I live in S.C. so winters are not to bad. should I use Mann or dose anyone know any that are better?

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