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Ordinary Miller Feeder
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Diagonal Miller Feeder, for National Beehives

The standard miller feeder has its feeding station centrally located and perpendicular to the sides, which divides the feed area into two roughly equal volumes. As hives are never totally level this causes a slight residue of feed to be left after use. This is a nuisance as the feed may ferment and cause extra work in cleaning up feeders. This version has it situated diagonally which gives two distinct advantages, a one piece feed volume and a longer length for the feeding station itself.

Another feature which I am not sure is an advantage or disadvantage is that, as the hive is square, the diagonal path encompasses almost every frame in the box below (which may shorten the path that bees need to follow in transporting the feed). Whereas the standard type will align across the frames or along the central frame according to how it is placed on the hive.

National Diagonal Miller Feeder

The one illustrated above is for a National type hive and is 460 mm square. Other hives are not square, but the principle involved can still be used. It is wise to have a small single bee space notch in the bottom run of the outer skirt so that bees can enter the main feed chamber when it is almost empty so that they may clear up the last few drops of syrup.

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Originated... 17 May 2002, Revised... 18 November 2003,

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