That’s right. Just when I thought I’ve seen everything, I received these photos of an awesome bee coop from Jane and Rainer Peters in Cariboo, B.C. It works like this: Chickens on one side, bees on the other, with a utility room in the center. Jane writes:
We have struggled over the past few winters to keep the bees out of wind chill reaching -30° to -40° Celsius. The small heat lamp in the coop generates enough warm air to keep the temperature at -5° C which is acceptable here in the Cariboo.
The other idea is that during the winter months, the chickens can free-range on the dead bees outside the hives . . . as all the other birds who do this job during the warmer season have migrated to warmer lands.
Great job, Jane and Rainer! I am jealous! I want one! Thanks so much for the photos.