Questions on building division feeders

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Adam Foster Collins, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. Adam Foster Collins

    Adam Foster Collins New Member

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    Hi there,

    I'm just looking at converting 4 deep 10 frame boxes to double 4 frame nuc boxes, and I wondered about how you approach building them.

    - What material do you use?
    - How do you seal it?
    - How do you approach keeping drowned bees to a minimum? (wire mesh, floats, etc.)
    - How wide do you make yours?

    I'm hoping to use this for late summer splits and my first attempt at overwintering nucs.

    Thanks,

    Adam
     
  2. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    i have now pretty much converted to plastic frame feeders. For the minor cost involved unless the division where of some odd dimension I would not go that route. maintaining them so they don't leak is just a large pain...

    but to your question followed > by my input..

    What material do you use? >scrap wood for the frame and hard board for the sides.
    - How do you seal it? >pariffin
    - How do you approach keeping drowned bees to a minimum? (wire mesh, floats, etc.) >I didn't. most hives have little problem. at a certain time of year lots of drown bees in the feeder is a good indicator of nosema (two symptoms of nosema are bees are hungry and weak).
    - How wide do you make yours? > about one and a half to two inches wide.