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I've been using paint cans but just got some of these to try
http://www.betterbee.com/products.asp?dept=404

The come with plastic floats, but when I played with the feeder with water in the sink, the floats got stuck. They seem a little too long. I trimmed a little of the extra plastic on them on the ends but they still get stuck as water level goes up or down. I'm afraid to trim them more because they look hollow and I'm afraid if I put a hole in them, they may not float at all

I'm probably missing something here. Can someone else who has these feeders please help me out.

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I purchased those kind [Mann Lake though] and used them for a while, but don't use them much anymore. The floats may "float" better in sugar syrup rather than in just water. I used some wood bars as floats and yes they have to be short enough so they don't get caught up and hang above the syrup level. I had too many bees drowning. Some beekeepers use hardware cloth folded in. Some styles use caps and small ladder tubes going into the syrup. Sometimes the bees build comb inside of them. I wonder if these were developed before top feeders were,. "invented"? :rolleyes:

In the early spring when they are placed on the far outside, the syrup seems to get cool and mold forms on that side of the box.

They may work very well if you have a lot of colonies and can just pop the covers and fill them with a hose from a 50-100 gallon tank on a truck? Easier to store also. Eventually you have to replace with frames.

There is no "perfect feeder". Even though I need an extra box, I like the plastic buckets or even the Boardmans inside. For feeding a lot of gallons in the fall, [If needed] I like the top feeders. Now that you got'em,. no harm in trying them and see how you like them though.
 

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I puchased the same item as you have from Betterbee and had to do the same. I trimmed all the excess plastic flashing off the edges of the floats with a belt sander. I would have an occasional problem with the floats hanging up when filling with syrup. Should this happen, just use a stick to free the float and it will float to the top of the feeder. I'm not sure if the floats are hollow or not. Even with the floats working correctly you will still have some bees drown. Good luck
 

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I have used them successfully- mostly in nucs.

I have found that the key is to unstick the float before refilling... just put your hive tool down there and unstick it.

Trimmed the floats on some, used wine corks in others.

They are great also to take up the space of one frame when needed.
 

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I have used them successfully- mostly in nucs.

I have found that the key is to unstick the float before refilling... just put your hive tool down there and unstick it.

Trimmed the floats on some, used wine corks in others.

They are great also to take up the space of one frame when needed.
Hive tool trick is what I do too. I use them when I first start a package. When I go into the hive to remove the queen cage I stop using the division board feeder and start using a hivetop feeder.
 
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