The Future Of Bee Hive Feeders? New Ceracell Top Feeder For Langstroth Hiveby 628DirtRooster Bees 2 years ago
I really think you're going to like these new hive top feeders. These may truly be the future of bee feeders for the hobbyist beekeeper. I received two of Ceracell's newly redesigned top feeders to test out on my ten frame Langstroth hives and I'm very impressed. I've had them for several weeks now and they have performed flawlessly. If you are familiar with my channel you probably know I use or have used every style feeder under the sun so I have plenty to compare to. This has to be the cleanest and least troublesome feeder I've come across yet and the bees really take to it. Unlike the other internal feeders I use I haven't lost one bee to drowning in these feeders or gotten brood combs saturated due to feeder leaking.
I'm very excited that Ceracell Beekeeping Supply presented me with the opportunity to help them introduce their top feeder to the US market and to some degree the world. I will put out a followup video as an announcement once they have made it to the US market.
The following is Ceracell's write up from their web site:
We listened to you the beekeepers. Our yellow top feeder was great, but as we all know a beehive is mounted sloping slightly down towards the front, and when feeding sugar syrup in a top feeder with a chimney cap there is always half a litre that the bees can't get to. Our new improved Blue top feeder has all the benefits of the old yellow one, but now with a patented protected corner access system. This will be the industry standard!
Extra Heavy Duty with underside ribs for strength. Made from 100% virgin food grade plastic. This comes in the most popular medium size holding 9.5 litres. "Why blue?" you may ask. Because this is special! It is a product that stands out from everything else on the market, hence the special corner access system is patented, and we want it to stand out visually as well.
You can use it just with the corners open, with or without corner caps, or you can also add central access. If you want the bees to also have access through the central chimney you will need to drill the size of holes you prefer. Some beekeepers like large holes, some smaller. The choice is yours. Again, you can choose whether or not to use a chimney cap to protect the bees from drowning in the syrup.
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, don't use a "chimney cap" and 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 kilos of white sugar to 1 litre of water, heated to fully dissolve). 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, use a chimney cap to restrict the bees and prevent them from getting out in the bulk of the liquid. This will minimise drowning. If you don't have a chimney cap, 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.
Many thanks to Ceracell for sponsoring this video. Bees For Life!