Front Entrance Bee Feeder

These feeders fit seamlessly into the entrance of any hive and allow you to easily monitor syrup levels without opening your hive.

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Entrance feeders are most suited for Langstroth or Warre beehives (although some individuals have used them with Top Bar hives). They consist of an inverted feeding jar positioned atop a platform that fits snugly within the entrance; bees access the syrup through holes in its lid.

Contents

Size

Our Little Giant 10-Frame Complete Hive features a front entrance feeder designed specifically to fit into its large entrance reducer opening, providing bees with space and nourishment when natural food sources become limited. It includes a high-impact plastic base and clear glass jar to monitor feed levels without disturbing bees; its approximate 1 quart capacity.

These inexpensive feeders are popular among beekeepers for being cost-effective, easy to use, and cost-efficient. Unfortunately, bees may become vulnerable to drowning as these simple feeders are typically placed up against the sides of a hive without providing adequate protection or may induce robbing behavior that’s difficult to stop once started – therefore this type of feeder should not be used with nucs or flow hives.

Material

As long as they receive enough nutrition to thrive during winter or drought conditions, your bees will thrive with the appropriate bee feeder. This front entrance bee feeder made from durable PP is equipped with a perforated lid and comes equipped with an attached jar for filling up.

This simple feeder consists of an upturned jar placed inside a bee hive that can hold up to one quart of sugar water or syrup. As it fills, its contents flow onto an upturned feeding tray at its entrance where bees can access it easily. With this feeder system it is easy to monitor feed levels and refill without disturbing your bees!

Baggie feeders offer an inexpensive and simple way to feed your bees, but they may become unsanitary after being exposed to moldy, sticky bees. Furthermore, these feeders can become susceptible to being stolen by robbers who could make bee colonies more reliant upon them for food, ultimately leading to an unhealthy state for colonies.

Design

Front entrance bee feeders come in various designs that range from basic to sophisticated. Some models are intended to sit atop of the hive while others fit through its large opening at the front of it; others allow easy refilling while providing direct visibility of sugar levels inside their feeder.

Frame feeders are among the easiest of tools for beekeeping, often used for rapid feeding in autumn and stimulating feeding during spring. A high quality frame feeder should have a raft-like float to stop bees from drowning when filling their syrup reservoirs.

Entrance feeders are designed to fit snugly into the gap at the front hive entrance in Langstroth or Warre hives, featuring an inverted feed jar that bees can access through holes in its lid. Their advantages are easy refilling and being able to monitor how much food a colony is actually consuming; this may help reduce robbing incidents.

Feeding

Feeding colonies sugar syrup on an ongoing basis is something most beekeepers do to stimulate colony growth, sustain colonies during dearth periods and build or maintain sufficient winter stores. There are various methods for feeding honeybee hives sugar syrup which each have their own benefits and drawbacks.

One solution is the Baggie Feeder, which uses gallon zip lock bags placed atop of the hive and cut open with a razor blade to allow bees to suck up sugar syrup through its openings. This method works particularly well in cooler climates; additionally, its design makes it simple to monitor syrup levels without opening the hive itself.

Boardman feeders consist of a wooden base and jar that sits in front of the hive, usually included in beginner kits. While easy to set up, they have proven difficult for robbing, due to having exposed containers outside the entrance of your hive. Furthermore, refilling this feeder requires opening your hive which could result in guard bee stings when doing so.