- - Product number: SFDNUCC
No need to open the hive completely to feed. You will need a wooden rim to support the feeder. We supply these too. And if you need sugar, well of course you can get that from Ceracell.
Top feeders are great for feeding raw or dry white sugar in the early and mid-winter. Feeding in this way let the bees range across the feeder. Raw sugar is considered better, as it has a bit of moisture in it already and the bees can work it and take it up. If using dry white sugar you may want to add a small damp sponge to the top feeder to give the bees some moisture to work the sugar.
In the late winter/early spring you may want to feed a heavy syrup (2 kg of white sugar to 1 Litre of water, heated until fully dissolved). This shouldn't stimulate the queen to lay and with it being in a top feeder she shouldn't sense too much the sugar coming in. When feeding in this way, to prevent them from getting out in the bulk of the liquid to minimise drowning you can fill the feeder with pebbles, or twigs, or some people use lots of polystyrene which will float and give the bees a place to sit above the syrup.
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