The hives have been winterized which means we’ve allowed the bees to fill out their frames full of honey and pollen to keep them fed over the winter. During the winter months the bees stay in the hive in a much smaller population to keep the queen alive. By staying close together in the hive and continuing to fan their wings they keep the hive at a temperature of 35 degree Celsius. We’ve wrapped the hive up to also help cut the wind and cold temperatures.
Last summer we had two very successful hives producing nearly 200lbs of pure raw liquid honey. The bees found plentiful nectar in the fields surrounding the store along the Anthony Henday and also from our rooftop garden. Because of the pollination done by the bees we also had a very successful yield for the first year of our rooftop garden.
We’re hoping that the Alberta winter weather is not too hard on our bees and that we are able to split our hives in the spring to expand to 4 hives on the roof of the Rabbit Hill store.
Checking on the bees February 8, 2022