Like other domesticated animals, you need to feed your honey bees. Although bees naturally forage and feed, sometimes they experience a food shortage. Ensure they receive proper nutrition by using Mann Lake honey bee feeders.
Use a Honey Bee Feeder for Your Hives
When it comes to finding the perfect beehive feeders, choose from our selection of professional bee feeders. Explore our honey bee feeder options to find the perfect solution for your beehive. We have feeders for giving a small amount of food source and big batches for the entire colony.
Each honey bee feeder is designed to be strong, durable, and easy to clean. We have countless feeders available, including the Max Pro Feeder, Frame Top Feeder Inserts, Bee Bar Caps, and Boardman Entrance Feeders.
Our bee feeders are equipped with various features to help improve the current way you care for your bees. See how our honey bee feeder selection can enhance your beehive and make beekeeping simpler.
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Find high-quality beekeeping supplies, honey bees, equipment, and more at Mann Lake. Enjoy free shipping on most orders over $150. For more information on our feeders and other products, contact us at 1 (800) 880-7694.
Frequently Asked Questions
When you are installing a new package or hiving a swarm in new equipment, you will feed carbohydrates (sugar water or our pre-mixed Pro-Sweet syrup blend) to stimulate the bees wax glands to draw out the new foundation. Bees also benefit from being fed pollen substitutes such as Ultra Bee or Bee Pro®. Bees must have both carbohydrates (nectar, sugar water or Pro-Sweet) and protein (pollen or pollen substitutes) in order to rear brood so supplemental feeding very important in early spring and late fall after honey has been removed. Feeding in early spring begins building the population of the hive. The goal of every beekeeper raising a honey crop is to have the largest number of bees possible in the hive when the nectar flow starts and early brood rearing is the key to achieving optimal numbers. Ultra Bee and Bee-Pro® can be fed in patty form if it is too cold to fly or if the weather is nice and the bees can be out flying it can be fed dry in the bee yard. For your convenience, we have several types of patties available as a complete brood rearing food. Adding our Pro Health to your liquid feed will encourage consumption and keep your feed fresher longer.
The following proportions are mixed by volume depending on the season.
- 1:1, sugar to water for spring feeding
- 2:1, sugar to water for fall feeding
- 1:2, to water to stimulate brood rearing (to simulate a light nectar flow, make only 2 holes in the lid of the entrance feeder so bees will only receive small amounts at a time).
When mixing to feed medication (Fumidil-B>, follow the package directions on the medication container.