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    Default May have made a mistake with color of hive

    All,

    This will be my first year with bees and I may have made a newbie mistake. I ordered a cypress wood hive. Its such beautiful wood, I didnt want to paint it white and take away all the beauty. So I went out and bought some stain/sealant that stains the wood the color of a violin.

    After staining the hive today with the stain, I thought it seemed to be more of a red-ish color. This triggered a memory of reading that bees cant see red.

    Have I made a mistake? I am sure I could paint over them - but if this color is ok I will leave it. Just want everyones opinion.

    Thanks in advance!

    thegriffiths.

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    Default Re: May have made a mistake with color of hive

    Its white for me.
    I believe this helps the bees keep the temperature right in the summer with the sun shining on the boxes. Dark colored boxes get very hot.

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    Default Re: May have made a mistake with color of hive

    I'm a rookie myself, so I can't really say if it's ok or not, but I've seen red bee hives being used, actually.

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    Default Re: May have made a mistake with color of hive

    Quote Originally Posted by BugBoy View Post
    ... I've seen red bee hives...
    Yes, and red flowers being worked.
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    Default Re: May have made a mistake with color of hive

    Saying bees don't see red is a way of saying that the red part of the spectrum isn't in their color range. It's not that red is invisible to them, just that they see it like we see black. A reddish tint would be like adding a touch of black if you think of it that way. If the color pleases you, I think you should let it bee.

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    Default Re: May have made a mistake with color of hive

    It's not a problem.

    They will be fine.

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    Default Re: May have made a mistake with color of hive

    They will be fine. If the stain does not truly seal the wood it can still soak up moisture and warp.
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    Default Re: May have made a mistake with color of hive

    Quote Originally Posted by BeehindtheHive View Post
    ... If the color pleases you, I think you should let it bee.
    By all means, let it be. Remember, most things in beekeeping are intended to please the keepers of bees, not the bees.
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    Default Re: May have made a mistake with color of hive

    The bees will do their own interior decorating. You get to do the outside.

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    Default Re: May have made a mistake with color of hive

    Seems like you should be fine. They will think they are in an old stained log. Sounds really pretty by the way.

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    Default Re: May have made a mistake with color of hive

    The biggest problem with red is they will run into it all the time because they can't see it...

    Just kidding. If someone is color blind does that mean they can't see blue? No. It means they can't tell it from brown. Bees can't tell red from black, but they can see black.
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    Default Re: May have made a mistake with color of hive

    I stained my cherry,because that's what was on sale at the discount store. They still find the hive!
    -Visualize Whirled Peas-

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    Default Re: May have made a mistake with color of hive

    The folks at Betterbee in NY have red hives, because they like red. Works for them, and they look great.

    Adam

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    Big Grin Re: May have made a mistake with color of hive

    Just FYI I have hives with difrent colors, stains waxed diped to painted. bees don't care. If they like it they will stay and pay you rent with honey
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    Default Re: May have made a mistake with color of hive

    I have a couple of red brood boxes. Bees never complained.
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    Default Re: May have made a mistake with color of hive

    Are you planning on putting a lacquer over it to continue to protect that nice finish?

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