The excellent design of this plastic feeder is effective in eliminating drowning bees. Each feeder comes with a built in float, which actually works! The floats rise up as the feeder is filled from the bottom. Holds about 3 quarts of syrup.
Been using them for 6 weeks now, Not one dead bee so far. Easy to fill in hive, especially if you use a funnel into the slot. If the feeder empties, the floats will stick to bottom. A quick tap with the hive tool will loosen it. Havent seen any burr comb in them as there is not a flow on...but who feeds in hive during a flow? If they start to draw comb in them, then its time to pull it out anyway. Great for feeding 4 frame nucs in a 5 frame box!
- Jeff, AL
I highly recommend this feeder. It is great for reducing robbing and a very handy tool for nucs or new hives. Well worth the money.
- Scott Walker, SC
Gets the job done
Cant give it an excellent rating because its incorrect to say you dont lose bees to it. Doesnt hold quite a full gallon--closer to 3/4. And its a pain to refill while in the hive, as bees want to dive right down into the refill shaft. To prevent that, I use a plastic funnel and slide open the shaft top just far enough to fit the funnel tip in. Biggest pain, though, is making sure those floats arent stuck at the bottom at the time of refill. When theres a dearth, bees quickly suck this feeder dry and those floats will get stuck on the bottom. I have to run my hive tool hook down in there each time to loosen the floats before pouring the refill. Otherwise, you get a tank half full of floating bees as you refill.
- Pam Jewett-Bullock, VA
Great feeder, never had a drowned bee.
You cant leave it in there or they will build comb in it. But you can sure feed them and never have a drowned bee.
- Robbin HARRELL, FL
Deep Plastic Feeder
These work great for feeding bees especially if you want to feed Nucs. I experience very little bee death and very little syrup wastage. My only criticism is that the feeders are not very durable. I may get a season out of a feeder before the plastic tabs that hold them in the box become brittle and break.
Nice feeder, no drowned bees
So far, Im impressed with this feeder. The construction seems solid. It fits snugly inside the hive, holds a decent quantity of syrup, and has floats that actually seem to work. I havent had any drowned bees yet.
- Splatt, UT
I bought one of these to check out the float system. The only dead bee in two months was one that flew into the syrup stream as I filled it.