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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Using the Rapid Feeder

The cone in the rapid feeder sits over the center of the angel food cake pan type container. The bees come up from the hole in the inner cover and can walk down the ridged surface of the cone to the height of the sugar syrup.

When Jeff and I fed the bees last week, the feeders on the hives were empty. In the photo below, Jeff begins to pour the bee tea into the rapid feeder.

In this picture you can see the bees through the cone cover going down to the height of the bee tea. We had to pour slowly to avoid drowning bees and to allow the bees time to crawl up to dry ground.

The leaves floating in the bee tea are thyme, by the way.

The level rises and the bees crowd the top area of the cone.

As the bee tea gets higher, the bees are forced to move up even higher.

When the container is full, the bees can't go down the sides to get syrup, although as the amount of syrup is brought into the hive, the levels will diminish and the bees will be seen more on the outside of the cone.

Just thought you might enjoy these up close and personal pictures of the bees endeavoring to take in the bee tea.

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  1. What is the purpose of the thyme sprigs?

  2. Thyme has a negative effect on varroa.

  3. Linda, saw the Rapid Feeder on a Canadian site and became intrigued. Looks like a good solution. But I'm not crazy about dealing with customs and cross-border commerce. Is there a source for this item in the USA?

    1. Anonymous4:03 PM

      This is the company we buy from https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FNW2VDB

    2. Pigeon mountain carries them also

  4. this would be a snap to fabricate from a plastic bucket, a length of pvc pipe and some silicone sealant

  5. Anonymous2:59 PM

    Similar to a standard top feeder, only round not rectangular.

  6. Anonymous1:40 AM

    Looks like it could be made from a jello mold.

  7. Anonymous6:47 PM

    I found I had to drill a large circular hole in my inner covers to accommodate these feeders. Did you have to do that? Or am I missing something?

  8. I have no idea why you would need to do that. The rapid feeder fits right on top of the hole that is in the center of the inner cover. The bees come up from there and crawl into the center of the cone and easily access the syrup


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