Hive Top Feeder For Nuc

A few weeks ago I made some heavy duty nuc boxes and this week I bought some scrap 1" x 6" lumber from the cull cart at Home Depot (70% off) and made a hive top feeder.

Mostly I followed the Miller style hive top feeder directions that I've used in the past, and decided to modify the feeder so that the opening for the bees wasn't in the middle of the feeder, but instead, off to one side only.

I've never had problems with a hive top feeder where the opening was in the middle, but I wanted to experiment with  a single opening, offset to the side.

Below are pictures of building the feeder.

I coated the inside of the feeder in two coats of polyurethane to seal the wood.

I also wrapped the wooden barrier components in screen so the bees would be able to grip onto it easier as they climbed up into the area where the syrup would be.

Then I took a section of screen, folded it into a "V" shape and tucked it into the area between the two dividers.

You can refer to the directions in the links above to see how the dividers work to allow syrup in, and keep bees from drowning.

The bottom of the feeder has a rudimentary opening cut with a jig saw. You'd swear though I did it with my eyes closed. I don't think it matters, the bees will be happy enough to have syrup, they won't mind the opening isn't symmetrical and pretty looking.

Here's a close up with the final piece of screen in place. This screen is helpful to provide a barrier between the bees and the beekeeper. It allows the beekeeper to open the hive cover, inspect the feeder and add more syrup without the bees being able to escape.

Next week I'll go get more wood and build a second one for the other nuc I have. Total cost (from using culled wood) and scrap screen was $3.

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Nick Holmes says...
Date:   March 6, 2015, 2:02 am

Nice work. This is just the kind of stuff I like making for my bees and it's inspiring. I am 'between workshops' just now - which is a bad time if year for that given the bee season; I hope to be back to it soon as I already have the wood for 3 double hive stands and I am overdue on sorting out dummy boards for this year and various other accessories.

Anyway, good job, keep up the woodwork posts :-)

All the best


Robin says...
Date:   March 6, 2015, 6:28 am

This is the first time I've really looked at a feeder of this type.  Very interesting.   I use quart jars upside down for feeding.   I have to be really careful because we have so many ambient spores that spontaneously start yeasty molds.   Makes the bees sick.  The jars and lids have to be carefully cleaned after every use.  I wonder if that's a jar issue or a where-Robin-lives issue.   The nice thing about your feeder is that you fill up one reservoir and leave it.    I like that. 

Tim says...
Date:   March 7, 2015, 10:15 pm

I thought you made the hole with the axe in the foreground. NOt really, it was a very well done piece of work. The bees will be happy

Rick says...
Date:   February 6, 2019, 10:01 am

Do you have a plan for this?

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