Best Feeder (top, 8F)
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  1. #1
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    Default Best Feeder (top, 8F)

    I'm on my third type of feeder. None of which I'm happy with. Running 8F medium equipment. The entrance feeders only sucker in new beeks. Then tried the cheap Brushy Mt. pails with the center hole - which when I was new ish, seemed ok - til they leak, and block the inner cover hole. Pro : they're easy to clean.

    I have two of the "ultimate hive feeders' which I think I got on Brushy before they went under, now find em for more on amazon for a 2 pack - but they do drown bees and are a beast to clean.

    Looking at the Mann Lake 8F top feeder with super painted vs the Dadant one.

    Accidentally got (and returning) Apis square 1g one from amazon - I missed the 10F only detail, as soon as I opened the box I thought "oops".

    how is it possible we don't have a dominant much preferred device for this yet

    suggestions are appreciated!

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    Default Re: Best Feeder (top, 8F)

    Quote Originally Posted by NCBeeGuy View Post
    I'm on my third type of feeder. None of which I'm happy with. Running 8F medium equipment. The entrance feeders only sucker in new beeks. Then tried the cheap Brushy Mt. pails with the center hole - which when I was new ish, seemed ok - til they leak, and block the inner cover hole. Pro : they're easy to clean.

    I have two of the "ultimate hive feeders' which I think I got on Brushy before they went under, now find em for more on amazon for a 2 pack - but they do drown bees and are a beast to clean.

    Looking at the Mann Lake 8F top feeder with super painted vs the Dadant one.

    Accidentally got (and returning) Apis square 1g one from amazon - I missed the 10F only detail, as soon as I opened the box I thought "oops".

    how is it possible we don't have a dominant much preferred device for this yet

    suggestions are appreciated!
    Just buy the Mann Lake eight frame top feeder. Have over a dozen and have used for years, easy to fill, no bees drown, no robbing. Might seem costly but you get a great product that will last and does a good job.

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    Default Re: Best Feeder (top, 8F)

    2nd year and have used all youíve mentioned. Take a look at the rapid feeder. Bought mine off of Ebay. No leaking and it sits on top and can be filled without opening the hive. I have the two liter version.

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    Default Re: Best Feeder (top, 8F)

    Inverted jar feeder(s) sitting on top of a hole on the Crown Board (Inner Cover). Box on top to keep the sun off, roof on top of that. They cost nothing to make, zero drown and zero drip (if protected from sun). I run up to 4 jars (1/2 gallon) at the same time on full-sized hives, 1-2 on nucs.

    If I needed anything larger, then I'd use a Miller feeder - but right now the jars are fine. During winter the syrup is replaced by fondant.
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    Default Re: Best Feeder (top, 8F)

    Quote Originally Posted by LAlldredge View Post
    2nd year and have used all you’ve mentioned. Take a look at the rapid feeder. Bought mine off of Ebay. No leaking and it sits on top and can be filled without opening the hive. I have the two liter version.
    I have a few of those, their good for small nucs, a big hive empties it out in an hour, and fills it up with bees, you have to smoke out to refill.
    I like the 2 gallon hive top feeders, the feed last longer, and no bees to contend with. they cost like $23 each.
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    Default Re: Best Feeder (top, 8F)

    The little that i feed its qt jar with holes or in hive 1 gallon in hive feeder of Mann

  8. #7
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    Default Re: Best Feeder (top, 8F)

    I run 10 F med. and keep a feeder like this with cap & ladders in every top box, year round, on the west side.
    I have found that bees will take feed in colder weather than with top feeders,the feeders are always available and no storage hassles.
    For the best price,order from the factory,even on the east coast.Good guy to deal with. Ask to calculate cheapest shipping for quantity orders

    https://www.motherlodeproducts.com/product/in-hive-feeders-with-new-style-cap-n-ladders-deep-9-58-or-shallow-6-58-10-count-case/

  9. #8
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    Default Re: Best Feeder (top, 8F)

    I also use what I believe little_john is describing. An old mason quart jar with a few small nail holes punched it the lid, inverted over the inner cover hole in an empty super. Easy to do, no drowning, less robbing, but does require an empty super.
    Beekeeping 6 Years - 12 production hives and about 12 nucs - Treatment OAV Only

  10. #9
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    Default Re: Best Feeder (top, 8F)

    When it starts filling up with bees I just add water. Doesnít hurt anybody and keeps new bees from escaping. Then I use a feather to evict the escapees. Its the most peaceful way Iíve found to deal with an empty feeder.

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    Default Re: Best Feeder (top, 8F)

    I've had good results with the mann lake top feeders w/supers.

    One disadvantage is that they're $25 each.

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