It's hard to miss our Honey Bee House when visiting the rescue. The bright colors on the side of the building always seem to catch visitor's eyes, but most of them have no idea that inside are millions of honey bees.
Our climate and humidity controlled Honey Bee House is one of a kind. The 8x10 building has the capacity to house 16 individual hives. Each hive box utilizes a slide out design so that they can be accessed from outside. We have integrated a custom feeding system inside the building for use over the winter months and inspection windows so there is no need to disturb the bees.
Why do we have a Honey Bee House at a parrot rescue? It's a question we are often asked and our response is always, "Why not?"
It is widely known that the number of honey bees is on the decline and the majority of hive losses occur over the winter months. Our Honey Bee House was created to study the effects of climate on honey bees in a controlled environment, but we also saw a greater need due to other contributing factors of hive loss - Varroa mites, pesticide usage and commercial exploitation.
Although they are not listed on the endangered list, it is generally believed that the honey bee will soon become extinct. Honey bees are vital for stable, healthy food supplies. To put it simply - we need bees and it is our duty to make sure that they thrive, not just survive.
Our Honey Bee House is maintained by volunteer and beekeeper, DJ.