Square & Rectangular Plastic
1lb Jar Type
Diagonal Miller Feeder
Bro. Adam Feeder
Jumbo Rapid Feeder
Emergency Board Feeder
Using Drawn Comb
Hanging Candy Box
Hanging Bro. Adam Type
for supplying honey bees with supplementary food
Many types of feeder exist, but in the main they follow
similar principles of providing a liquid in a protected enclosure so
that marauding bees or wasps are not attracted.
As with many other items of beekeeping equipment the
different types bear their originator's or modifier's name.
All of the types listed have been tried by myself, with the
exception of the entrance feeders, and I can say that I found no
problems with any, providing that they were large enough for the job
Drowning of bees is a problem in some feeders and gives
rise to rapid propagation of Nosema. This can often be overcome by
floating wood shavings on the surface of the liquid. Or by excluding
bees from large areas of exposed feed by using mesh barriers that the
liquid will flow through, but the bees cannot penetrate.
I use frame feeders for stimulative feeding and for bulk
feeding I use the Bro. Adam type that I used to manufacture at Apex
Enterprises. Simplicity is my main reason for these choices as simple
designs are more readily kept from leaking.
I treat my feeders with linseed oil to help their liquid
retention and I dip frame feeders in melted beeswax and then allow them
to drain in a heated cabinet to remove any excess wax.
Started... 13 March 2001,
Revised... 04 Apr 2001, 09 March 2002
Further Revision... 17 May 2002