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    Hey Guys. Just curious - I have recently purchased my first beehive from an older gentleman who is not able to take care of his hives. Since then, my father-in-law became interested in building me another hive for my second batch of bees. He is a tremendous woodworker. Anyway, I have always assumed the traditional color to paint the outside is white because of it's soothing abilities on the bees and because it keeps them cooler during the summer. My question is this - would it be okay to paint one of the brooding chambers or supers a yellow or light green just to make the hive appear more attractive to any onlookers other than the bees? Any ideas? Thanks in advance!!

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    You can paint them any color you want, white is old fashion.
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    Light colors keep the hive cooler in the summer. Painting them light yellow or light green will be fine.

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    Mine are all light green because I got 5 gallons of light green paint for $20. It could have been worse, the could all be hot pink
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwurster View Post
    Mine are all light green because I got 5 gallons of light green paint for $20. It could have been worse, the could all be hot pink
    I'm sure your neighbors would have loved hot pink... (yes - sarcasm)

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    Go to your local Home Depot or Lowe's and check for "mis-mixed" gallons of exterior latex. Everytime I go in one I check to see if they have any. As long as it is not an extremely dark color, I live in Mississippi, I buy it for usually $5 per gallon. Any color will do, this year I've been getting yellows and greens.

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    I paint all my equipment the queen color of the year it was built. It makes for a bright and vibrant apiary

    Plus, the random combination of colors of equipment reduces drifting.

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    I have one bee yard that is kind of close to a neighborhood. So I paint all of them Kelly Green to make them not stand out. The remainder are white. White was used in the last 100 years because it looks clean..... Read that in a book about bee keeping that was published in 1910.
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    White is cooler than dark colors, but any color lighter than medium gray will work fine. Obvioulsy you don't want to use black.

    Mis-tint paint is cheap, and if you shop around a bit you can find top grade paints in odd colors that will work find, and if you are concerned that it's too dark, buy a small amount of the same paint in white and mix them to lighten it. I've got a kelly green, a stone color, a chololate milk brown, and a light blue/gray all for less than $20. Most if it is Behr Ultra Premium, which is a joy to paint with -- goes on very easily, covers nicely even with a single coat, and never drips or runs.

    If you want to keep your hives "stealthy", keep an eye out for drab colors in olive gray/green and brown shades or leaf green and avoid white.

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    I run several colors. I checked the outside temps with a laser thermometer last summer and noted 20 to 30 degree difference in surface temps. White being the coolest, light green next, then light blue, then tan being the next and brown being the hottest of the colors tested. I checked inside and outside temps and while the inside took longer to warm up, it did become warmer in relation to the outside surface. The test was done in full sunlight and empty boxes. Hope this helps.

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    Free paint is what its all about! You asked for pink? Wouldn't a semi load look nice going down the highway?
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    I'm sure your neighbors would have loved hot pink... (yes - sarcasm)

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    Well call me old fashion but I like white hives.

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    With a name like that, I can belive it.
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    LOL, sfisher, I thought the same thing!
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    Default Re: Colors of Hive

    Hey, I had my kids paint our 2 hives camouflage! They are well shaded...BeeHive2.jpg

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    Mine is a gray-violet color; the bees couldn't care less, and I just wanted a really good outdoor stain in a color I liked. (Gray and purple are my favorite colors).
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRatLover View Post
    Hey, I had my kids paint our 2 hives camouflage! They are well shaded...BeeHive2.jpg
    I like that mounting setup. That to keep predators away?

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