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For our nucs, we follow the fashion of the migratory cover to make moving the tiny boxes around less cumbersome. The following proportions are mixed by volume depending on the season. The fold out legs would probably work okay if you wanted a feeder that every ground critter could access
 
 

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The jar is then inverted into a hole in the top feeder, allowing bees to feed in the safety of their hive. Once the syrup runs out, a freshly filled jar replaces the empty one. As a bonus, because the feeding holes are fully enclosed within the top of the hive and no other entrance is near the feeder, hive robbing is avoided—an important feature during extreme nectar dearths. The only downside is the tendency of the jars to mildew. However, the addition of one of the essential-oil-based feed supplements does wonders to keep the jars mildew-free.

The beauty of most hive top feeder plans is the ease of selecting materials based on what is readily available. These extra outer covers make the best DIY top feeders and require no additional cost.

Just remember to remove any protective sheathing before modifying. For our nucs, we follow the fashion of the migratory cover to make moving the tiny boxes around less cumbersome. All of these versions work just fine and are more a matter of personal preference than any major differences in functionality.

 

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It had been primed and painted, but that’s not necessary, as you’ll be sealing the wood that will hold the syrup with beeswax. Safety Note: I own a vintage circa late ’50’s Sears Craftsman table saw , which doesn’t have the safety guards of newer saws. I still have all my fingers after 30 years of use, but I’m very very careful. Use the safety stuff if you have it. No need to be the first 9-fingered or less!

I first cut the 2 long box sides and 2 shorter ends to size, making sure I measured twice before cutting. I then cut a piece of 1″ x 4″ pine to be used for the interior wall. My goal in fitting the plywood floor into this slot is to have a little extra room between the edges of the plywood and the frame walls to allow for expansion due to humidity, so you’ll need to size accordingly.

Next I set my table saw fence so that the edge of the dado nearest the bottom of the box would be approx. This approximates ‘ bee space ‘, or the amount of room a single bee needs be able to move between surfaces.

More space could result in bees attaching comb to the underside of the feeder over time. Less space could prevent them from being able to move between the top bars and the floor of the feeder.

After testing my measurements on a piece of scrap, I ran both long sides, one short end, and the interior wall through the table saw. The other short end doesn’t need a dado cut.

Depth of the blade is set to leave a dado approx. I always test both the width and depth of my settings on scrap wood before making any final cuts. The table saw fence is set so that the dado would be approx. Once the box is put together, the distance between the interior wall which fits in the dado we’re now going to cut and the outer wall will allow the bees to travel up and into the feeder.

NOTE: It’s important to remember before cutting this dado in both long sides that one of the side boards will have the narrower dado perpendicular to the one we’re cutting along one edge, and the other will have it at the opposite edge see illustration above.

In the past I’ve made the mistake of cutting both sides identically – not good! Time to assemble the feeder box. To assemble the box I’ve used deck screws, or a combination of screws and corrugated fasteners. Sometimes I’ve glued the joints as well. I haven’t experienced any failures of the assembly with any of the methods, so there’s room for improvisation here.

If using screws, be sure to drill pilot holes before driving the screws otherwise the wood may split as you drive the screw home. After assembling one long side to the two exterior short ends, I slide the interior wall which has been ripped to it’s final 3″ depth into the wide dado in the side. I then slide the floor into the narrow dado, and finally fit the 2nd long side into place see the gif animation in the introduction for the order of assembly I use.

Tack the floor in place from the underside with 2 small finish nails, one in the middle of each long side, driven up through the side wall and into the plywood floor. After assembly you’ll notice two openings at the end of the feeder, left by the narrow dado cuts for the floor. I use small pieces of sheet metal tacked with finish nails on one end to allow them to swing open or closed.

In normal use they’d be closed, to keep the bees in the hive and make refilling easy without donning protective equipment. Left open, these holes work well for that. I use melted beeswax for this; I have plenty on hand that I’ve melted from old combs, it works great, and it has the smell of a hive that bees like.

Commercial sealants would probably work, but I try not to use any synthetics if I don’t have to. If you don’t have your own supply of beeswax you can try a local beekeeper, or purchase it from many bee equipment suppliers.

You can also buy it at some craft stores, but it’s much more expensive there than beekeeping supply businesses. First step is to melt the wax. Beeswax melts between and deg. F C. The flashpoint temperature at which beeswax flares up is deg F C.

It’s important for safety to make sure you melt the wax gradually and on low heat to avoid nasty things like singed eyebrows, or worse. I use a double boiler-like arrangement made from an old pyrex measuring cup which holds the melting wax, which in turn sits inside a pot of water, brought gradually to a simmer. It can be a chore to clean up splash waxed where you don’t want it, so cover important surfaces with newspaper or similar.

Once the wax is completely melted roughly 20 minutes for the approx. Having a little help with the pouring or tilting might make the process easier.

But not to worry – as long as the edges are sealed, that’s all that matters. Bees do not give points for neatness. The joints sealed, next an old nylon paintbrush is used to paint wax onto the floor and interior walls, sealing them.

Given that the pine I used for walls in this project had been previously painted with an exterior latex, I probably didn’t need to paint them with wax, but I had it on hand and decided to go ahead and coat them anyway. Finally the sealed box is filled with water and tested for leaks.

Any gaps in the sealing wax can be re-melted using a hairdryer, allowing the wax to melt into the gaps and re-seal. The first section of mesh is long enough to span the top edge of the interior wall and wide enough to form a ladder starting at the top of the wall, then vertically down and onto the floor.

When cut and fit, the mesh ladder is stapled along the top edge of the wall. Next, another section of mesh is cut to the outer width of the box, making sure to cover the tops of the wide dadoes – you don’t want bees escaping there. After making the initial cut to size, the back edge of the mesh is stapled to the back top edge of the box, and then the mesh is stapled along both sides to just in front of the dadoes. With a pair of metal snips the mesh is now cut along the sides so that, when bent downward, it will span the interior walls of the box, making it impossible for bees to pass from inside the mesh ‘fence’ to outside and into the main feeder area.

This section of mesh should be long enough so that the bottom edge approx. Refer to the gif animation in the introduction to see this illustrated. Five or six feeders can be placed at the same time. Made of high-quality durable plastic safe for bees. The color of the flowers on the base makes your bee partners like it more and makes life more convenient Easy to use: Place the beehive water dispenser on the hole of the crown plate, and cover it with an empty top and top cover, you can easily refill the water without removing or disturbing the hive.

View on Amazon Specification Fits in a medium shallow frame super and holds approximately 1 gallon of syrup A clear cap reduces the risk of drowning Placed over the inner cover and the central hole, allows the bees access through the center Made of high-quality durable plastic safe for bees — Measures The clear cup allows for a view of the bees whilst feeding and the aperture ridges on the feeder cone allow the bees to grip resulting in little or no fatalities due to drowning. Can be refilled with ease without removing it from or disturbing the hive.

Getting more easily to hold the frames near beehives. Can stand about 3 frames on one holder. This holder will also save a lot of space for the beekeeper. View on Amazon Specification USE: Bees will need to build up their reserves during the colder months until the flowers are in full bloom and to help to stimulate the activity of the beehive with the back up food source.

In the summer months, it is a good source of water. GENWICK hive top rapid honey bee feeder is an easy, convenient way to fill syrup without disturbing the bees and monitor syrup levels.

The coarse feeder entrance and inside lines of the clear cap when properly secured can help bees to safely climb up and access the syrup and minimize the risk of drowning. Around 10 inch diameter by 2 inches deep. This essential beekeeping tool can be used to mark and introduce the queen bee to the colony along with other uses.

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I’ve made plenty of mistakes over the years, mostly of the ‘killing with kindness’ variety, but gradually I’ve learned to let the bees do what they’ve been doing pretty well for ,, years. As much as possible, I try to lightly manage them in order to split strong colonies in spring to increase the number of hives I keep and harvest surplus honey.

I’ve tried a lot of different methods for feeding over the years, but the best I’ve found yet is the hive-top feeder detailed in this Instructable. Construction is fairly simple with basic woodworking tools and skills. The most important thing is to measure your hive boxes to get the overall feeder dimensions that work for you. For this project I used 1″x4″ pine left over from a remodeling project.

It had been primed and painted, but that’s not necessary, as you’ll be sealing the wood that will hold the syrup with beeswax. Safety Note: I own a vintage circa late ’50’s Sears Craftsman table saw , which doesn’t have the safety guards of newer saws. I still have all my fingers after 30 years of use, but I’m very very careful. Use the safety stuff if you have it. No need to be the first 9-fingered or less!

I first cut the 2 long box sides and 2 shorter ends to size, making sure I measured twice before cutting. I then cut a piece of 1″ x 4″ pine to be used for the interior wall. My goal in fitting the plywood floor into this slot is to have a little extra room between the edges of the plywood and the frame walls to allow for expansion due to humidity, so you’ll need to size accordingly. Next I set my table saw fence so that the edge of the dado nearest the bottom of the box would be approx.

This approximates ‘ bee space ‘, or the amount of room a single bee needs be able to move between surfaces. More space could result in bees attaching comb to the underside of the feeder over time.

Less space could prevent them from being able to move between the top bars and the floor of the feeder. After testing my measurements on a piece of scrap, I ran both long sides, one short end, and the interior wall through the table saw. The other short end doesn’t need a dado cut. Depth of the blade is set to leave a dado approx. I always test both the width and depth of my settings on scrap wood before making any final cuts. The table saw fence is set so that the dado would be approx.

Once the box is put together, the distance between the interior wall which fits in the dado we’re now going to cut and the outer wall will allow the bees to travel up and into the feeder. NOTE: It’s important to remember before cutting this dado in both long sides that one of the side boards will have the narrower dado perpendicular to the one we’re cutting along one edge, and the other will have it at the opposite edge see illustration above.

In the past I’ve made the mistake of cutting both sides identically – not good! Time to assemble the feeder box. To assemble the box I’ve used deck screws, or a combination of screws and corrugated fasteners. Sometimes I’ve glued the joints as well. I haven’t experienced any failures of the assembly with any of the methods, so there’s room for improvisation here. If using screws, be sure to drill pilot holes before driving the screws otherwise the wood may split as you drive the screw home.

After assembling one long side to the two exterior short ends, I slide the interior wall which has been ripped to it’s final 3″ depth into the wide dado in the side. I then slide the floor into the narrow dado, and finally fit the 2nd long side into place see the gif animation in the introduction for the order of assembly I use.

Tack the floor in place from the underside with 2 small finish nails, one in the middle of each long side, driven up through the side wall and into the plywood floor. After assembly you’ll notice two openings at the end of the feeder, left by the narrow dado cuts for the floor.

I use small pieces of sheet metal tacked with finish nails on one end to allow them to swing open or closed. In normal use they’d be closed, to keep the bees in the hive and make refilling easy without donning protective equipment.

Left open, these holes work well for that. I use melted beeswax for this; I have plenty on hand that I’ve melted from old combs, it works great, and it has the smell of a hive that bees like. Commercial sealants would probably work, but I try not to use any synthetics if I don’t have to. If you don’t have your own supply of beeswax you can try a local beekeeper, or purchase it from many bee equipment suppliers. You can also buy it at some craft stores, but it’s much more expensive there than beekeeping supply businesses.

First step is to melt the wax. Beeswax melts between and deg. F C. The flashpoint temperature at which beeswax flares up is deg F C. It’s important for safety to make sure you melt the wax gradually and on low heat to avoid nasty things like singed eyebrows, or worse.

I use a double boiler-like arrangement made from an old pyrex measuring cup which holds the melting wax, which in turn sits inside a pot of water, brought gradually to a simmer. It can be a chore to clean up splash waxed where you don’t want it, so cover important surfaces with newspaper or similar. Once the wax is completely melted roughly 20 minutes for the approx. Having a little help with the pouring or tilting might make the process easier. But not to worry – as long as the edges are sealed, that’s all that matters.

Bees do not give points for neatness. The joints sealed, next an old nylon paintbrush is used to paint wax onto the floor and interior walls, sealing them.

Given that the pine I used for walls in this project had been previously painted with an exterior latex, I probably didn’t need to paint them with wax, but I had it on hand and decided to go ahead and coat them anyway. Finally the sealed box is filled with water and tested for leaks. Any gaps in the sealing wax can be re-melted using a hairdryer, allowing the wax to melt into the gaps and re-seal. The first section of mesh is long enough to span the top edge of the interior wall and wide enough to form a ladder starting at the top of the wall, then vertically down and onto the floor.

When cut and fit, the mesh ladder is stapled along the top edge of the wall. Next, another section of mesh is cut to the outer width of the box, making sure to cover the tops of the wide dadoes – you don’t want bees escaping there. After making the initial cut to size, the back edge of the mesh is stapled to the back top edge of the box, and then the mesh is stapled along both sides to just in front of the dadoes.

With a pair of metal snips the mesh is now cut along the sides so that, when bent downward, it will span the interior walls of the box, making it impossible for bees to pass from inside the mesh ‘fence’ to outside and into the main feeder area. This section of mesh should be long enough so that the bottom edge approx. Refer to the gif animation in the introduction to see this illustrated.

Once the mesh is trimmed and stabled, the bottom edge can be pressed into the wax on the floor to keep it flat. Remove any interior top board or quilt and make sure there are openings between top bars so the bees can access the feeder. Add sugar syrup to the feeder, either sugar to water, by weight light syrup in spring or heavy syrup in fall.

I splash a few drops down through the mesh and onto the top bars of the box below to alert the bees that there’s good stuff up above. In my experience it takes only a few minutes for bees to quickly start moving up to the feeder. Again, the great things about this feeder design is it’s easy to fill without bees flying out of the hive, there’s very little or no drowning of bees, it’s quick to fill, and little of the hive is exposed when opening it to refill.

How much you feed depends on the bees needs at the time. In spring when establishing a new colony from a package, feed until there is some stored and capped honey at the top of the combs and blooms are out. In fall it depends on what how much the bees have stored over the summer. I tend to harvest surplus honey from established hives in the spring, after I know they’ve made it through winter with honey to spare.

I’d rather not take honey in the late summer unless I know for sure the bees have more than enough to winter on. I don’t want to take too much at the end of summer only to end up feeding sugar syrup a poor substitute for their own honey in the fall to get them through the winter. Best to consult a local beekeeper or club to find out what they recommend for the weight of honey stores heading into winter for your locale. I hope you’ve enjoyed this Instructable.

I wish you great luck with your bees and enjoyment of them for years to come! Thanks for the great design. I used parts for a large langsroth ripped in half.

I liked the bees wax water proofing. I wasn’t happy with the rough texture so I put them in a warm oven for a few minutes, that sure smoothed things out also if I ever need more than 4 feeders I may modify your design to 1 go the long way 2 go in the middle of the box to create 2 reivoirs and to maximize bee access to syrup.

Reply 8 months ago. Question 1 year ago on Step 7. Thank you! Question: is one side enough to your hive? Also, did you ever look into the stainless vs galvanized question? No worries if not; I can check, too. Answer 1 year ago. One side access has always been adequate in my experience, and leaves more space for syrup than second side access. But if you experiment with that let me know how it goes. Never have looked for the stainless mesh.

Let me know if you use that, too. Good luck! This winter I built two Warre hives. Since they are not standard hive dimensions it was hard impossible to find a pre-made top feeder to fit. When I came across this project I knew it was for me.

It was about a three hour project from start to finish and I will say I am very happy with the results and it is now in my hive feeding the bees.

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