BeeMax Hive Top Feeder
$32.95 – $40.95
This innovative feeder is a seamless, one-piece polystyrene unit. The large 3 gallon capacity means refills are necessary less often.
Bees enter from the hive underneath and are kept from the bulk of the syrup by the included Plexiglas panel. This creates a wall between the access point and the syrup. Some beekeepers like to roughen the Plexiglas panel on the inside, using 80 grit sandpaper, to give bees better grip so they don’t fall into the syrup.
Do not use an inner cover when using this feeder. Ensure the outer cover is clean of debris the top of the feeder is flat. That ensures no outside bees can enter the feed reservoir and drown.
Preparation and Storage
Two coats of exterior latex paint are recommended to protect against UV rays. The feeder should be cleaned and dried before storage over the winter.
Making Sugar Syrup
Water must be very hot to dissolve sugar. We do not feed sugar syrup during cold weather, when bees are not able to take cleansing flights. Some beekeepers use Honey Bee Healthy to reduce mold, but always remember to remove feeders with moldy syrup and clean well before reapplying the feeder and feed.
- Spring : Use a 1:1 syrup using 1 pound water (2 cups) to 1 pound sugar
- Fall : Use a 2:1 syrup using 2 pounds sugar per pound of water