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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9/29/2010

Update from Fred

Beekeeper Fred Davis updates us on the honeybees' progress:

Last weekend (September 26) I removed the last of the honey from the two hives. There is a lot of uncapped honey we will have to extract and bottle this week. I'll provide an update once we measure it.

The hives seem healthy but I know they are struggling with a heavy varroa mite infestation. I think most beekeepers are experiencing the same thing. The mites took advantage of the long laying season and their numbers grew especially in the late summer. I applied the chemicals approved to combat the mites just after I removed the honey. I hope it works.

Next I will design and build a box to shelter the hives from the high winds. The box will act as a wind break. It will surround the hives leaving enough room for them to get in and around it. I will also wrap the hives as the temperatures really drop - sometime in December.

My time tending to the bees is drawing to a close for the year. Next I will find space to store the extracted frames and supers (boxes in which the frames sit) and do some cleaning up. It's been a very eventful year. That day in April when we first installed the hives seems so long ago and so much has happened. The bees could not have asked for better weather during their "opening" season at the Four Seasons Centre.

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