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Mann lake top feeder inserts
« on: July 10, 2020, 02:59:54 pm »
Has anyone used these? I need to buy several feeders for the fall and trying to save some money but I do t want to buy them if there?s a lot of issues with bees drowning.


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Re: Mann lake top feeder inserts
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2020, 07:53:48 pm »
They are excellent for making burr comb filled honey :wink:

I'm not a fan of hive top feeders for a few reasons:

1) Burr comb honey mess
2) Pain in the butt to do inspections  if the bees don't empty them
3) Ants have unrestricted access the the syrup

I've tried most of them and gallon friction top cans on top inside an empty deep is my favorite for feeding large quantities quickly.  you can fit multiple in at once if you want.    Otherwise, for nucs and overwintering I have come to like the motherlode feeders.

https://www.motherlodeproducts.com/product-category/beekeeping-supplies/feeders-with-caps-n-ladders/

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Re: Mann lake top feeder inserts
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2020, 07:45:35 pm »
Yeah I have a couple of smaller hive top feeders and there?s always a little burr comb when I take them off.

What I?m looking for is rapid feeding for late fall. I want something that can handle four gallons and I definitely don?t want frame feeders.


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Re: Mann lake top feeder inserts
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2020, 01:41:00 pm »
Amymcg, I use those mannlake top feeders. They are handy for short-term high volume feeding imo. Ants can be a problem - got to keep them out for sure. Other than that, I like them.

(Mannlake sent me 3 of these feeders by mistake, 2 yrs ago - when I tried to send them back, mannlake offered to let me keep them for a very low price - I'm glad I did)
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Re: Mann lake top feeder inserts
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2020, 02:06:32 pm »
Thanks @coolbees

Do you ever have any issues with the bees getting past the ladders and into the syrup at all?

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Re: Mann lake top feeder inserts
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2020, 03:53:41 pm »
Do you ever have any issues with the bees getting past the ladders and into the syrup at all?

Yes, at first. I learned to tuck the screens in tightly on the ends. That took care of it. I've had good luck with them. The worst thing now is when I open the lid, and bees fly into the syrup.
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Re: Mann lake top feeder inserts
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2020, 09:43:30 am »
What I?m looking for is rapid feeding for late fall. I want something that can handle four gallons and I definitely don?t want frame feeders.


Thats when I go to the inverted metal paint cans right on the top bars.   You can fit up to 5 in an empty deep.   I find them easier to work with and the bees can consume the feed 24/7 even if the nights are cold.  No ants and no drowning.
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Re: Mann lake top feeder inserts
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2020, 07:55:01 pm »
I was given one last year but haven't tried it yet. Still have some of the in hive frame sized feeders without the screening but never had any luck with them because all they seemed to do was drown the bees when refilled.
  Most of the time I use a quart mason jar over the hand hold in the inner cover, not very fast but works fine for my needs.