zone 3 240 colonies
Planning to make 100 nucleus colonies soon. I was going to use 1 qt mason jars to feed them directly on the top bars and cover with empty supers. I have poly hives and don't want to cut holes in the top cover to use the jar externally, with these hives there is no inner cover except for a plastic or canvas sheet. I am considering using Mann Lakes Pro frame feeder with the cap and ladders for 2 reasons; It seems awkward to just set the jar on the top bars (using no inner sheet because I would have to cut a hole/holes in it) and have all that space in a small newly made nucleus colony, secondly, it seems inefficient (especially in the summer) to have expensive hive bodies just to house a feeder. In fall for bulk feeding it might be okay because presumably some supers may be unemployed because honey has been extracted, even so woudn't those supers be holding empty combs? A person would have to remove those combs to use the supers as feeder covers. I am so new to all of this that is why I am asking these questions. Thank you.