POLLEN SUBSTITUTE FEEDERS
These pollen feeders are a way to supply your bees with powdered pollen substitute. These are most effective in the spring and fall when bees may be active but there are limited natural pollen resources available. It may take a few days for bees to find your feeder.
These feeders are already sealed with plumbing glue to prevent water from leaking into your pollen but water may still get in through the opening.
- • Place the feeder off the ground such as a fence post or hanging from a low tree branch.
- • If possible, place about 50 yards away from your hives, facing the hive entrances.
- • After you have placed your pollen sub in the feeder, tilt it slightly downward to prevent rain from getting inside.
- • Don't place the feeder in a high traffic area i.e. near a walkway, neighbor's yard, or house as there will be a lot of bee activity once they find it.
- • If there are natural sources of pollen available, your bees will not use the feeder.
HOW TO SET UP YOUR POLLEN FEEDER
STEP 1: Lay the bungee in a loop underneath the feeder on a flat surface
STEP 2: Loop the hooks through the loop of the bungee
STEP 3: Hang on a branch or fence in the desired area. Adjust bungee as needed.
The bungee can also be used to wrap around a fence post or tree limb.
STEP 4: Fill the feeder with your pollen substitute and tilt the feeder at a slightly downward angle to prevent water from entering the opening.
After several days in the mid-40s and lower 50s, bees emptied out this pollen feeder in a day.
Pollen feeders are available for pick up in Evans City for $16 as well as at Hillside Beekeeping in New Wilmington.