Is this a good feeder?
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  1. #1
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    Default Is this a good feeder?

    Hey guys,

    I have heard a lot about the negative points of entrance feeders, plus I have humming bird feeders at my house and the yellowjackets swarm them every year, so long story short, I am planning on a feeder in the hive.

    Does anyone have any experience with this feeder from Brushy Mountain?

    http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com...oductinfo/323/

    I am guessing it just drops inside the hive much like a frame? Do I only need one per hive? Thanks guys!

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Is this a good feeder?

    I don't use that type anymore. Drowns a lot of bees.

    Check out:

    http://robo.bushkillfarms.com/beekee...eeder-compare/

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    Default Re: Is this a good feeder?

    Yes, they just replace an outside frame and work really well if you know what you are doing. The division board feeder does drown bees though, if is used with thin syrup or if the sides are too slick.

    Thin syrup 'wets' the bees and they sink, but they don't in thick syrup. Surface tension holds them up, usually. Those of us who use frame feeders (division board) usually have floats or ladders in them and seldom feed thin syrup with them.

    All feeders have some advantages and disadvantages as shown on the page in the previous post. The one feeder I really do not like is the boardman feeder, for many reasons. The Miller feeder is a good one, but a hassle if it is not emptied by the bees before it has to be removed for hive inspection, etc because they have to be kept level when being moved around. One way to make that less of a problem is to make them deep. Up here the guys use Miller feeders made from medium depth boxes.

    You will be fine with a division board feeder if you are careful, but the pail feeder or the jar are really easy to use and do not require opening the hive to monitor and fill.

    Baggie feeders also work well for many beekeepers and they are cheap.

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    Default Re: Is this a good feeder?

    I use their 8 frame version of this: http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com...oductinfo/688/

    "0" bees will drown as it has floaters that float on the surface....
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    Default Re: Is this a good feeder?

    I have been using the boardman feeder as it was the one that came with my set up. Really don't have any complaints with it though I don't feed heavily. However I do like the brushy mt 8 frame feeder and plan on getting one.

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    Default Re: Is this a good feeder?

    I use this http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com...oductinfo/423/ works well and no drowned bees. just set on top put a empty super on iner cover top cover your good to go.
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    Default Re: Is this a good feeder?

    I used the top feeder from Mann Lake http://www.mannlakeltd.com/ProductDe...86&idCategory= It was recommended to me an I had some drowning bees but I feel it was manageable.
    “Everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right then it's not yet the end”

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    Default Re: Is this a good feeder?

    I also have a couple of the man lake top feeders. silicone where the wire meets the plastic. No be drownings.
    A lot of people just use the zip lock bag on top as a feeder, with excellent results.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Is this a good feeder?

    the top feeder from brushy mountain would be much better they are what I use after some trial and error with other types. I have not experianced drowning issues with them and they hold alot of syrup.

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