It is spring. And that means your friendly Apis Mellifera (honeybees) may be running low on their stored honey reserves, but what to do before the flowers start blossoming?
Answer: Feed them some sugar water with one of these!
- Fits hives with 3/4 to 1/2 inch thick walls and 3/4 to 1 inch high entrance.
- Uses standard canning jar for the container.
- Drip catcher "pond" inside for bees to drink from.
- Second pond area to keep sticky out of the hive.
- External overflow drain hole.
- Unlike all the versions I've seen in the store, this actually hooks into the frame so it won't fall out.
- Also unlike store versions, the threads are part of the plastic so that the jar can't be bumped out.
- Three entrance/exit tunnels with inner roundabout make it printable without support material.
IMPORTANT: This currently has a design flaw in that I forgot to account for the height of the canning jar for attachment. What that means is until I update the size you'll have to use a jar shorter than a pint. If that's ok with you, go ahead and print. If not, you may want to watch this 'thing' for the pint-compatible version to be released.
I printed from PLA with 10% infill and 3 shells (to give strength to threads).
I tried to design this so that you wouldn't need supports. I didn't use any, but there were a lot of "hangies". I guess it all depends whether you'd rather cut off those or cut off the support material. Either way you'll need a chisel or sharp screwdriver to clean the inside.
Also, my printer filled in the holes so you may need to poke them back out with a hot dental pick or needle.