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  1. #1
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    Default Homemade Miller style feeder for 5 Frame Nucs

    I plan to build some miller style feeders for 5 frame nucs. I was expecting to fiberglass the 'tub' area to make it water tight. Is there any harmful side effects of relative new fiberglass on honey bees?
    Thanks for any comments.
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    Default Re: Homemade Miller style feeder for 5 Frame Nucs

    For nucs I find it easier to use baggies. I don't know about the fiberglass, but why not just seal it with something less labor-intensive?
    Bees, brews and fun
    in Lyons, CO

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    Default Re: Homemade Miller style feeder for 5 Frame Nucs

    The smell of the styrene might drive them out...

    I seal my feeders with paraffin and/or bee's wax.

    I first run a bead of Tite Bond III in all of the joints.

    If you coated your feeders with some polyester resin you could coat them with wax to avoid the odor...
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    Default Re: Homemade Miller style feeder for 5 Frame Nucs

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Brewcat View Post
    For nucs I find it easier to use baggies. I don't know about the fiberglass, but why not just seal it with something less labor-intensive?
    Are you using an inner cover with baggies or just an outer/telescoping cover.

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    Default Re: Homemade Miller style feeder for 5 Frame Nucs

    I sealed mine the same way as BeeCurious. I used Tightbond III then beeswax. It works great. No leaks

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    Default Re: Homemade Miller style feeder for 5 Frame Nucs

    Quote Originally Posted by drice View Post
    Are you using an inner cover with baggies or just an outer/telescoping cover.
    You do need some kind of spacer when baggie feeding.
    Bees, brews and fun
    in Lyons, CO

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