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hello from alaska

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ranger69, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. ranger69

    ranger69 New Egg

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    has anyone built a chicken coop and utilized it's heat to help winter-over honey bees in the frozen north ??? i'm winter dreaming of an 8'x8" coop for 15 birds with a honey bee hive attached to an outside wall with a few holes drilled thru plywood and several layers of screen. is there any diseases shared between species that might prevent this

    thanks
     
  2. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
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    [​IMG] I would worry about the chickens being stung?
     
  3. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

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  4. ranger69

    ranger69 New Egg

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    the bees would never have contact with the chickens. the heat from the chickens would keep the bee hive 30 degrees warmer than ambient which means more honey production as the bees would not need to consume as much honey to live thru the winter.
     
  5. DragonFeathers

    DragonFeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No diseases that I know of, do your bees freeze in the hives thru winter?
    Sorry you got your post in B4 I did..
     
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  6. ranger69

    ranger69 New Egg

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    i have no bees or chickens at this point. i need the bees to polinate all the fruit trees. i will build the chicken coop in my cabin this winter and have it modulized for quick spring assembly. in alaska it is common to restart the hive with new bees each spring. my thoughts were if i could reduce -40 degrees ambient to 25 degrees thru waste heat recovery: the hive should be self sustaining.
     
  7. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    [​IMG] The fun, friendly and informative site.

    May your dream come true, and quickly!
     
  8. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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    A big Texas size [​IMG] [​IMG]

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  9. TheGoldenRoo

    TheGoldenRoo A Crazy and Fun Chicken

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  10. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
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    [​IMG] from Alaska!

    don't know the answer to your question, most people around me place their bees (hive & all) in their heated Garages for the winter.
     

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