Top Bar Hive Syrup Feeder
Feed your bees with ease with our uber-simple syrup feeder kit. The Gold Star Top Bar Hive syrup feeder is accessed by your bees through the "drive-through window" access hole follower board. Feeding syrup supports your bees while they're getting established in their new home. Please do it. We know it's junk food - but it beats starvation by a long shot. In the future, you may never have to feed your bees again - they will have their own nutritious and delicious honey!
This top bar hive feeder sits securely inside your hive to give your bees easy access to food. That works to help prevent robbing by other bees from stronger, more established hives, who may be out searching for a "free lunch." It's designed especially to fit the sloped interior of the Gold Star top bar hive.
It takes bees 70% more energy to make honey from sugar syrup than it does for them to make it from the natural nectar of flowers. So be prudent about feeding your bees. BUT -- if they are a new package just getting established, then feeding them is a reasonable step.
HOW TO MAKE 1:1 SUGAR SYRUP (Use this recipe for spring feeding)
Boil 10 cups of water in a large pot. Remove it from
♦ Stir in one 5-pound bag of sugar until the sugar is
♦ Add a splash of lemon juice to help preserve the syrup.
♦ Do not allow the water to boil after adding the sugar –
this causes the mixture to caramelize and this is not good
♦ This quantity will make approximately 4.5 quarts of
syrup. Store the unused portion in the refrigerator until
HOW TO MIX 2:1 SUGAR SYRUP (For fall feeding if needed)
♦ To increase this ratio to 2:1 - double the SUGAR, NOT
the water, i.e., one 10-pound bag of sugar into 10 cups of
Be sure you are using cane sugar only. Organic cane sugar is fine, but raw sugar, brown sugar, turbinado sugar, or beet sugar are not. Read the label thoughtfully - if it does not say CANE SUGAR - it is probably BEET SUGAR. Other products will give your bees a tummyache due to the solids found therein.
Thomas Edison once said, “Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so- called scientific knowledge.”
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A bit expensive...