A great way to feed the colony without disturbing the bees.
The Ultimate Direct Feeder features a translucent 1 gallon reservoir which allows quick checking of feed levels. Add stability with the included riser feet (use is optional).
How Does it Work?
With the blue ring unscrewed, fill the reservoir with sugar syrup or water, then place it on top of the hole in your inner cover. Add a medium box (10 or 8 frame), and top it all off with your outer cover.
Holds 1 gallon of sugar syrup or water
Designed for spring, fall, and winter feeding
Thick-walled, translucent tank allows for easy monitoring of syrup level
Easy access feeder holes for fast, continuous feeding
Fits in any 8 or 10 frame medium box
Grip ring for tightening and loosening cap
Ventilation ribs allow hive to breathe
Alignment pins keep feeder centered on inner cover hole
Be sure to check for an airtight seal before placing the feeder on the hive
How to Feed Sugar Syrup:
Spring Feeding: Create a 1:1 syrup using 1 lb. water (2 cups) to 1lb. sugar.
Fall Feeding: Make a 2:1 syrup using 2 lb. sugar per 1 lb. of water.
When making syrup, water must be very hot to dissolve sugar
Do not feed sugar syrup during cold weather when bees are not able to take cleansing flights
Do not feed sugar syrup until it is warm enough for bees to fly regularly. If the weather is still too cold, feed winter patties. Pollen patties are used to stimulate build-up of hives in anticipation of the spring flow, but don’t feed them too early because pollen supplements will cause rapid expansion, and there may not be enough bees to keep the brood warm.