Honey Bee Feeder Shim How to Make Your Own with Basic Skills Feeding Bees

One frequently asked question has been how to build the feeder shim that I’ve shown in other beekeeping videos. Well, this is it! How to build your own feeder …


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    Apologies all around! For some reason this video developed a glitch that caused a freeze frame from the beginning to show every five seconds or so. I am in the process of re-uploading this video and I wish I knew why this occurred. It was fine at first and this showed up a couple of hours later. If you know what causes that, I would be very interested in knowing. This version will soon go UNLISTED and the replacement will go live. Thank you for your patience.

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    I am feeding my bees pollen. I use the mann lake stuff as well. Great weather today, mid 70s today.

  3. Always an excellent video! Thanks!

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    Hard to ask a question when you are so thorough! Wonderful video, great feeder shim!

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    Fred are you concerned with swarm prevention using a single deep box?

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    Hi Frederick,

    I'm impressed with your knowledge and passion for bees. I'd like to reach out and help you with your channel. Do you have an active email for business opportunities?

    Thank you.

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    Great vid Fred, thank you.

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    Odd, am I the only one seeing video glitches about every 5 seconds?

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    That feeder will be verry usefull.Also try to dip in parrafine next hives to protect your drawings on the boxes better because the wood thats boiled in parrafine will not oxidate like when it does when its coated in oil.You can boil them in parrafine even if they are coated with oil but it will roast the oil and will get even darker( id let them only with oil and only the new ones id teeat with parrafine.For a diy parrafine dip really cheap il post a video that shows you dont have to buy houndreds of litters of wax.But its dangerous and if you would like to do it ,then learn more about it or better find a place that does parrafine dips professionally.

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    I refreshed the page and the glitches are still there. Strange.
    The square head screws are called Robertson head screws. They were invented by a Canadian guy by the name of Peter Robertson. These screws are quite popular in Canada, England and other European countries. The United States has stubbornly dragged it's feet when it came to accepting this screw head style, even though they are far less likely to strip out when using them.
    So far I have not had the opportunity to use/experience Robertson's screws, but I'm damn tired of flat head and esp Philips screws stripping out. I hate them with a passion!

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    Gr8 video… any good news on your β€œLost” colony??

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    Great project Frederick, robust and functional, well done.
    Now, next time you make "furniture" for your bees, rather than butt joints, how about hidden dovetail joints……… πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

    Great stuff!! Cheers
    πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί 🍺🍺

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    Fred, Wow! Just in time. I've been putting together ideas for a pollen sub feeder to place near my hive and was trying to decide how it should look and how to make it functional. Your rustic design and multi-port approach is spot on! Thanks!

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    Thanks a lot for sharing Fred, I will be making some of these over this southern hemisphere winter.

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    What's the difference between a dry pollen substitute and a pollen patty? Would setting up a feeder or two in the yard be as good as having one on each hive or will that cause problems?

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    Very nice sir!

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    I want to make one of these feeder shims for a new hive from a split I am planning, but I don't want bees building comb in the feeder shim. How would you recommend altering the design so that bees can't access the interior of the shim but the hive still ventilates? My first thought is to put the round feeder right on the floor of the feeder shim to exclude the bees, and then add a similar size hole in the floor of the shim in a corner of the shim where it would not be covered by the round feeder and use window screen to cover the hole. I am a bee newbie so I am uncertain if this is a good solution or whether I am going to create problems with ventilation, the ability of the bees to patrol for pests, etc. Thanks in advance for your input!

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    Another great video. Now to find someone who could make a few for me (as I would prefer keeping my fingers on my hands!). πŸ™‚

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    Thanks for the info,,Mr Dunn,πŸ‡±πŸ‡¨πŸ‘

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