Honeybees at the COC

 

The Canadian Opera Company is delighted to be part of the ever-growing support of honeybees, Currently we host seven hives onthe roof of our opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Follow the honeybees' progress on Parlando, with visits and posts from beekeeper Fred Davis!

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6/3/2010

Update from Fred: Nectar Flow!

Beekeeper Fred Davis updates us on the honeybees' progress:

On May 31 I noticed that the bees were creating a lot of wax foundation and filling the cells with some golden nectar and even honey. So, I added the first honey super and the queen excluder to each colony.  Now we will watch how fast the colonies will draw out the wax frames and fill them with honey. The queen is effectively barred from moving into the honey supers.

I will keep my eye on signs of swarming and varroa mite population. The batch of capped drone brood I removed on Monday showed zero mites. Fabulous results! I moved the colonies a little closer to the southern wall and away from the west wall so that the would get a bit more shade in the later afternoon and less heat radiating from the west wall. Now you can see at least one colony from the north west window on the 4th floor.
 
I removed two frames from the brood chamber in order to give the bees a bit more room. The frames had a bit of honey and nectar in them (nectar is uncapped honey and although it tastes sweet it can ferment in a few months). I spun the frames in my extractor and now have a bit of honey which I plan to give to the COC very shortly.

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