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ypu may have a few....but they crawl up thru the center hole and if they do get in the syrup than they have the inside of the mesh to climb back up on.
 

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Hopefully the caulk isn't going to leech anything into the syrup. I don't know if that's a legitimate concern or not, but that's the first thing I noticed when I saw the picture.
 

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That should work fine. Another option is to leave out the wire mesh and put floats in to give the bees something to walk on.

The center opening is pretty wide, much wider than bee space. Next time make it much smaller. This is a place where the bees could make burr comb.

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That should work fine. Another option is to leave out the wire mesh and put floats in to give the bees something to walk on.

The center opening is pretty wide, much wider than bee space. Next time make it much smaller. This is a place where the bees could make burr comb.

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Ah didn't think about that! I'll keep an eye on it. I didn't want to use caulk cause it s no fun but needed to feel like it was all sealed up. I supposes there's a risk that it could leach into the syrup huh!? Thanks for the replies
 

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I'll shim up the opening to bee space 3/8ths ?
Yes, otherwise they will build in there. The commercial feeders seem to be like this as well. Pic in the link below showing what they invariably have done to mine.

http://billybsbees.blogspot.com/2014/07/top-feeders.html

This year I have started putting the feeder over the inner cover and that has made a big difference. But still not sure why the don't just make the space smaller ... maybe there is a reason.

Also, on the caulk. Seems I've noticed before on silicone caulk that it was safe for food contact. Not sure if that is all silicon sealant or was something special, but regardless ... it does exist and may be worth noting for future builds.
 

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I have used construction adhesive when making division board feeders. I make sure I put a thick bead on so it seals the joints well.

You could also melt some beeswax or parafin and swish it around so it seals all the joints.

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Doesn't the wood itself need some type of sealant?
 
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