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  1. #1
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    Default Best division board feeder?

    I bought some frame/division board feeders last year from Brushy Mountain. They've been in my garage since arriving. This one: http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com...oductinfo/323/

    They are junk. The frame rest tabs have broken off 2 of the 5 that I bought, and I just used them for the first time today.

    Who makes a good one?

    I'd rather have one that doesn't take up more space than one frame.
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    Default Re: Best division board feeder?

    I have had the same problem with other brands as well.
    The problem is that the polymer formulation is way too brittle, totally unsuitable for frame feeders.
    On the other hand, I have bought some in the past that were the opposite; too rubbery and flexible and had a hard time getting dosing right due to the feeder wanting to fold.

    Right now Mann Lake has the best in my opinion.
    Mann Lake FD-800-d
    They are the only feeders that I will buy.
    I do install an aluminum ladder and place a spacer block in the middle, same as I have always done.
    I have been replacing old broken feeders all year with these.
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    Default Re: Best division board feeder?

    http://www.mannlakeltd.com/beekeepin...ry/page44.html

    I have 2, 1 gallon feeders with the cap and ladder. I really like them.

    I'll sell them to you. I want to go with 2 gallon feeders instead.

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    Default Re: Best division board feeder?

    http://www.motherlodeproducts.com/index.html

    I used these, prices are good, and they are also recommended at http://scientificbeekeeping.com/

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    Default Re: Best division board feeder?

    Thanks for the replies. The one from mother lode products looks exactly like the Mann Lake without the board on top and it's half price of the ML feeder. Harry have you ever tried the Mother Lode feeder?
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    Default Re: Best division board feeder?

    They are the same... And they do have a feeder lid that works well.

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    Default Re: Best division board feeder?

    Wow. Those mother lode feeders are significantly cheaper. Looks like they don't sell the cap and ladder system to support their 2 gallon feeders though.
    Last edited by hex0rz; 05-26-2015 at 12:21 AM.

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    Default Re: Best division board feeder?

    http://www.motherlodeproducts.com/ap...06n3i86lg6ueeg

    Says "Fits all Mother Lode Products Feeders" I would ask to make sure.

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    Default Re: Best division board feeder?

    I have and love dadants basic frame feeder. Tough and cheap. I have nearly 500 and they work great.
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    Default Re: Best division board feeder?

    I really have never seen or had a reason to use anything bigger than mine which are a gallon. Unless maybe I robbed to much honey for winter
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    Default Re: Best division board feeder?

    Just called mother lode. They will not have a cap and ladder system for the 2 gallon feeders for a while. He typically sees people buy the 1 gallon feeders most often, but is seeing people transition to the 2 gallon feeder more so they can feed lees often.

    I'm wondering if you living in the south more compared to me would be a factor in feeder size. You probably experience a longer flow than I do and your winters are probably more mild.

    I always like getting the cheapest product without sacrificing quality, but I'm wondering if now I should just take some screen and fold it into pleats and put them into the feeders and try that instead.

    Anyone have bad luck doing that?

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    Default Re: Best division board feeder?

    We actually have very short flows Compared to most northern areas. My honey season is may 1st to early to mid June. We just use floats with great success. Strips of wood cheap as free. Drowns 10 bees maybe. Safer than bees foraging on milkweed!
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    Default Re: Best division board feeder?

    I've never used frame feeders before, but it seems that they commercial guys favor them, and they know what works - and I would sure like to reduce the work from what I have been doing - bucket feeders.

    So I ordered 5 of these medium frame feeders from mann lake just to try them out, and not only are they just like the Mother Lode feeders they actually are Mother Lode feeders - stamped right on the bottom. On Mann Lake's site it says that smooth sides make use of a float essential - except they don't actually have smooth sides, they have textured sides. The product probably changed and no one at Mann Lake has noticed.

    It looks like a good product, and if you order direct (minimum 50) they are about $3.40 with shipping. With the cap and ladder (not available from Mann Lake) it would be about $5.50 each. I'm really tempted to order a case and give them a good try, but it sure would hurl to get 50 and they are crap. I guess I'll deploy the 5 I have and see how I like them first.

    Kamon - how much play should the floats have so they don't hang?
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    Default Re: Best division board feeder?

    Just ordered a case of 20 cap ladder 2 gallon feeders from Mann lake. The gallon feeders are not doing it for me. Although I'm really liking the feeders themselves.

    Just remember, they taper towards the bottom. I would pleat some hardware cloth instead and use that way.

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    Default Re: Best division board feeder?

    Kamon - how much play should the floats have so they don't hang?[/QUOTE]

    Hey David. I have found thin strips about a 1/8 inch thick work good. I just put one layer in the feeder. I try not to cover more than 70% of the liquid area. Nothing fancy just 4 strips in mine. Thicker ones want to bind up more.
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    Default Re: Best division board feeder?

    If cost is a factor, and your worried about stuck floats and such, or brittle plastic, you can always build your own for pretty cheap. We make hive top feeders that are a modification of the "FatBeeMan" style feeders. We have virtually no drowning and they seem to take feed a lot easier from these than some commercially bought feeders we have tried and way better than buckets.

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    Default Re: Best division board feeder?

    I bet it works well, but it's not a division board feeder.

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    Default Re: Best division board feeder?

    Quote Originally Posted by hex0rz View Post
    I bet it works well, but it's not a division board feeder.
    Thats odd, I can't find where I said it was one. Just a cheap, easy alternative.
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    Default Re: Best division board feeder?

    We tried those, they work. To much excess equipment when your running hundreds of hives though. And the frame feeders are so fast. My wife and I can fill 50 hives in 30 minutes
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    Default Re: Best division board feeder?

    Are you pumping out of a tank on your truck? That's what I would like to try. Feeding is so time consuming. I wish I could just go to the co-op and get a drum or two of syrup for a reasonable price - right into my truck then straight to the yard and pump it right into feeders without even unloading it.
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