Discover the most user friendly, in hive feeder/waterer with an "EZ Grip" removable drip free tank plus base. Landing pads and steps will help prevent drowning for more successful hives and heathier bees. Feeder holds 1 gallon of liquid in its convenient and portable tank. Translucent material makes it easy to check the level your feeder is at. Can be placed on top of frames or inner cover with an empty Hive Body or Medium Super over it. With the Hive Top in place, the hive is closed off from any outside robbers. No assembly required; ready to use.
It works well, when perfectly level and you get it exactly right. But getting it adjusted perfectly is a hit or miss. I always have it adjusted at the closed setting, but half the time bees still get in and die. I usually get a bee or 2 die in the reservoir too due to falling between outer edge and not being able to get up on the little nubs. More times than not, a big mess gets created when trying to get it set up properly. Probably will try something else.
Problems with the Tank not Draining Properly
When I initially attach it, it works well but once the bees empty the reservoir, the tank does not release any more sugar water. I called Brushy Mt and they said the cap might not be positioned properly. I am going to tinker with it some more. If anybody else has a suggestion, Id appreciate your input. Thanks!
Bee smart feeder
Great feeder. I have had no problems with bees drowning. Easy to refill, but be sure to READ THE INSTRUCTIONS included. You could have some bees crawl up in the hole at the bottom if not adjusted correctly
- BRIAN EASTERWOOD, GA
New Cap Works Great
Just got a sample of the new Jail Bar cap that eliminates the need to watch the orientation of the cap on the base. It works great and is simple to use. With this new cap design this is truly the best feeder available.
Works great once you set it up correctly
First time I wound up with a whole mess of bees that had climbed up inside once they finished the feed - the trick is to make sure the gaps in the lid are not positioned in such a way that there is enough space for a bee to climb up the sluice-way where the syrup runs out in the base. 1/8 inch will allow the syrup to drain into the base but prevent bees from getting to the valve. I like the fact it works with medium boxes unlike the buckets.
- RFI, MD
Called Bee Smart after my bees got into the empty tank and they reviewed their instructions with me and the problem was easily solved. The feeder now works great and bees dont get into the tank. I am using 3 on the inner covers with new packages and the bees are taking down the syrup quickly.
- dave harris, MA
Too many dead bees
When filled the feeder works great, but as the feeder empties, bees climb up in the feeder and cant escape. Many dead bees.
What a royal mess!
We are first year beekeepers and loved the idea of this feeder. True, it holds a lot, is easy to care for, and the bees love it......love it so much all of them moved upstairs to the Souper housing it and made all their comb, laid the eggs in a mass adhering to the feeder. In just one week. It was quite an operation to remove the brood and try to insert it onto frames. Dont yet know how successful we were in saving the hive. Maybe we just dont know how to use this feeder properly, but it did not work for our 2 hives. If there are successful users of this feeder would love some advice.