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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Colors of Hive

    I have different size hives (unfortunately) ie 10 F , 8F both in full depth and 3/4 size plus some other other boxes. I have colour coded the boxes so I have instantly recognition of the type. The colours I choose was the one's I had (very scientific) but have used pastel colours.

  2. #42
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    Default Re: Colors of Hive

    My hives are all different colors and I've never had a problem with overheating..

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/27805976@N05/8448161605/

    Lisa Smith
    Indian Brook Farm
    Swanzey, NH

  3. #43
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    Default Re: Colors of Hive

    I’m really not that serious

  4. #44
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    Default Re: Colors of Hive

    Wow. Those girls have no excuse for drifting.
    As for me, all I know is that I know nothing...
    - Socrates

  5. #45
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    Default Re: Colors of Hive

    Quote Originally Posted by throrope View Post
    I doubt the bees care about color and IMHO the heat issue is seriously over rated. I use deck sealer for an "au-natural" look. Those who appreciate bees see them and they blend in for all others.

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    Any problems with the deck sealer? I have been thinking about wax dipping but it seems expensive and dangerous. Some years ago I used Thompsons Wood Sealer in a cheap compression sprayer to do my deck…fast & easy. I would think a person could redo his hives the same way every few years
    Where are we and what's with this hand basket?

  6. #46
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    Default Re: Colors of Hive

    Mine are color coded. white bases, blue with stars for meds. and red supers. and red lids.... which makes my hives look like flags in the summer...

  7. #47
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    Default Re: Colors of Hive

    Most of the bee trees and other places that swarms decide live in will vary in color, from light to dark. I don't think they really care what color their home is. I can see where darker hives could have an advantage in the winter months as dark does collect heat. I can see where light colored hives could be an advantage in the summer. I think we worry too much about color because they don't seem to and they have survived well until this time without us. I do like Cabot stain, and can get oops gallons at Lowes for $5.00. I think ventilation in the winter is the most important thing to keep moisture down.
    So much to learn, so little time!!

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