I went to check the top hive feeder early last evening, and I am glad that I did. One side was almost empty, and the other was also very low. I don’t think the girls really liked me opening the top of the hive so close to sundown, and I had a few dive bombers in my face. I didn’t bother with the smoker since I was just filling the feeder, and I wasn’t technically opening up the hive. The suit did its job and I didn’t get stung. In reality, there only seemed to be a few angry bees, and the rest of the hive will be thankful not to run out of syrup before I get back this weekend to do a more thorough inspection of the hive.
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I checked the syrup levels today, and the girls had made a pretty good dent in what I put in the top hive feeder Saturday morning. Since I’ll be checking the queen cage this upcoming weekend, I added an additional 128 fluid ounces of syrup which should be more than enough to get them through the next four days.
Taking pictures through a veil is going to take some getting used to, but here is a fairly decent shot of how a top hive feeder works. The bees come up from the medium super below through the middle and then take syrup from either side. The wooden slats you see actually float on the liquid to give the bees a perch to take in the syrup. However, it looked liked most of the bees just hung on to the side of the entrance to suck up the sweet sweet syrup.