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PVC dry pollen feeder with honey bees gathering pollen substitute image.

How to Make a Pollen Feeder - Step by Step

Charlotte Anderson @ Carolina Honeybees, LLC
The PVC pollen feeder is easy to make and relatively inexpensive.  It will last for years and is an excellent way to offer dry pollen substitute to honey bee colonies.
5 from 3 votes

Tools

  • Hacksaw

Supplies
 

Instructions
 

  • Cut feeder to length: Thin walled PVC is very easy to cut. A decent hacksaw will make quick work of the job.
    A longer feeder will hold more food. But, it will also be more difficult for the bees to navigate.
    Cutting the pipe to a length of 8"-10" seems to work well. The best news is you don't have to worry about cutting straight.  Your fittings will cover any uneven edges.
    Cutting pipe with hacksaw to make pollen feeder image.
  • Glue end cap on one end: Now, it’s time to close one end of our section of pipe.  
    Use the PVC cement (adhesive) to glue on the end cap. Avoid getting it on your hands – as it is hard to remove.
    You do not have to worry about a tight seal.  We are not trying to make the pipe water tight. A light coating of cement will work fine.
    End cap pvc and pipe with glue for feeder image.
  • Attach drain downspout adapter: Glue the Drain Downspout Adapter to the other end of our PVC pollen feeder pipe. 
    This will provide an entrance for the bees while keeping our substitute safely inside.
    Final pvc parts of pipe pollen feeder assembly image.
  • Allow feeder assembly to dry: Give the feeder a few minutes to set and then find a good place to hang it for your hungry bees.
    PVC pollen feeder with cap and end spout for feeding honey bees protein image.
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