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Miller Feeder, to Suit National Beehives

This type of feeder was designed and developed by a man of that name. I presume it was the Miller that was the originator of various other beekeeping manipulations, but I am not sure of this, nor do I know the date. It is a square box and consists of a central feeding station that is arranged right across the box, which results in the feed volume being divided into two portions which can be used independently or both together.

In most cases the feeding station has a cover to keep bees out of the main feed volumes, but I have a modified type of clearer board that can be used over the top of Miller feeders, when preparing bee colonies for the heather. (separate page later)

The drawings below show various aspects of the device... It is essentially a tray with a central slot for bee access, flanked by a pair of sealed baffles that the bees can climb over and two more baffles, that are fitted flush with the top, outside of these. Thus allowing feed to flow underneath. In some designs the outer baffles slide into slots and rest on 3 mm spacing pegs. Generally all parts are strongly glued and screwed so that they remain water tight when in use.

National Miller Feeder

The rim on the underside is required for use with standard National equipment, but if top bee space is being used you will need to modify the base of the tray to be similar to that found on the (as yet incomplete) page that shows the Rational Bro. Adam feeder.

Parts list still to be done

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