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Miller Feeder
Drawings 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 wooden 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.

The feeding station has a cover to keep bees out of the main feed volumes, otherwise they will drown. In modern feeders this is a piece of glass or clear plastic, but some older feeders had a metal or gauze cover.

The drawings below show various aspects of the feeder... It is essentially a tray with a central slot (12 mm) for bee access, flanked by a pair of sealed risers 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 3 mm deep 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. The risers are rebated into the front and back by 3 mm.

National Miller Feeder

The rim on the underside is required for use with standard National equipment with bottom bee space, but if top bee space is being used these can be discarded, although in practice this need not be the case.

Cutting list for parts

Front/Back2436 mm121 mm18 mm
Base1435 mm435 mm9  mmPly
Baffle2430 mm100 mm12 mm
Riser2430 mm93 mm12 mm
Cover1424 mm78 mm6  mmPly