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A combination chicken and bee coop

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.

Rusty
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Bee coop wiht chicken run on the left.

Notice the chicken run on the left . . . and I love the bee on the door! Both nests and hives can be accessed from the center of the bee coop. © Jane Peters

The bees get warmth from the chicken side of the coop.

The bees get warmth from the chicken side of the coop. They also get rain, snow, wind, and predator protection. © Jane Peters.

The colorful bee coop is attractive to bees as well as humans.

The colorful bee coop is attractive to bees as well as humans. © Jane Peters

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