Dry Pollen Feeder

Photo: Paul Lundy PVC pipe feeder

Photo: Paul Lundy, PVC pipe feeder

Many are used to mixing pollen substitute with honey or sugar syrup then placing the patty on the hive frames.

In the February 2012 issue of American Bee Journal (pages 137 to 139) by T’Lee Sollenberger is a very good article showing alternate methods of feeding supplemental pollen substitute.

 

 

I use a 4 inch PVC pipe and put it out just as the Filberts start to bloom. Two of my hives just found the feeder today and apparently are making good use of it.

Photo: Paul Lundy

Photo: Paul Lundy

Photo: Paul Lundy, inside the dry pollen feeder

Photo: Paul Lundy, inside the dry pollen feeder

Comments

  1. Krzysztof says:

    Hello! I live in Poland and unfortunately I can’t easily access this particular magazine issue. I’m really interested in this kind of pollen feeder. Could you answers my questions, please?
    1. What exactly do you put inside the pipe? Is it just dry grinded pollen or rather some patty?
    2. How much pollen did you put inside?
    3. Where and how did you hook the pipe?

    Thanks a lot in advance! It would be really great if you could e-mail me some scans or photos of this article!

    • I never copied the story, but can tell you what I’ve done after reading T’lee’s article.
      I cut about an 8 inch long pipe and glued a cap on one end and a downspout adapter for an entrance.
      The pollen substitue product I’m using is from Mann Lake Ltd. called Ultra Bee, a finely processed substitue with high protein content. The bees seem to love it. Real pollen is best.
      I put about a cup (130 grams) in the back to keep it out of the weather. To refill it when the bees have eaten everything, I use a spoon and push it to the back.
      To attached the pipe to the post I use plumbers tape. It is flexible flat metal with holes every inch. Then I screwed the end to the post. Really, you can use anything to wrap around the pipe.

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