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  1. #1
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    Default No more white hives for me

    I just can't stand the looks of the white hives sitting in my field. Every time I see the hives, they look like big white piles of garbage. I just bought 5 gallons of light tan exterior latex paint and will be going with that. It's got some fancy name like Sierra Lacey Sand Mist, but it's light tan. I am probably about to break some unknown law of beekeeping............

    If you like white hives, good! I hate em.

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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    light tan should be alright brad, or maybe mix some white with it.

    i'm with ya on the ugly, but there is a good reason to have them white when keeping hives in alabama.

    in the heat of the summer, say 104 with 90% humidity, it's a chore for the bees to keep the inside of the hive cool.

    they have to forage water like crazy, (good to have a water source close by), and without any nectar coming in they have to burn through their stored honey for energy.

    my wife hates it, but mine are as pure white as i can get them as to reflect as much sun heat as possible. i also make sure the hives are well ventilated.

    next week's weather looks more conducive to doing some full hive inspections. hopefully you can make it and i'll show you an easy way to make the vents.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    I did think about that, so it's a very light color although not as reflective as pure white. Maybe it will be okay. The hives are due east of my house. I am going to leave the south facing side of the boxes white. That should get real confusing come restacking time....... Regarding water close by, the hives are sitting about 30 yards from a 2 1/2 acre spring fed pond. I'm looking forward to visiting your bee yard. I knew today was going to be out for an inspection.
    Last edited by honeyman46408; 05-03-2013 at 06:09 PM. Reason: UNQuote

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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    As far a keeping the hive ventilated, what do you guys think of something like this?

    http://www.honeyrunapiaries.com/stor...ver-p-232.html

    or

    I like this one... (I don't have it but I like the style over the other)

    https://kelleybees.com/Products/Deta...3337&grouped=1

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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    I took a look at the ones in your top link the other day. I thought it was an interesting concept. I have no practical experience at this yet, so anything I offer would be just a guess.

    With a ventilated top for an exhaust and the entrance for an intake, it would be quite possible to set up a type of chimney draft ventilation. If you could find the correct size for the exhaust vents in relation to the entrance size and used a darker color on the hive to cause it to heat up, that the hot air rising would pull cooler air into the hive. BUT, I'm only speculating......

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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    yep, that's how it works. the bees introduce another dynamic by selectively fanning air as needed for cooling the hive and drying out nectar. interestingly, they use propolis to open and close the window screen vents as they see fit for their airflow needs.

    the darker paint is an advantage in the winter, but a disadvantage in the summer. there's usually a tradeoff in most things beekeeping.

    some beekeepers get really creative with decorating their hives.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    My lids are black I hope my bees don't hear about these pretty light painted, heat reflective hives !image.jpg

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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    Actually, BradBee, leaving the South facing side white is probably a good idea--you want to restack boxes in the same direction as they were when you took them off, and this will help.

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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    White I not my favorite either. I have some white, flower yellow, crimson (roll tide) and light green. My bees get shade from 1pm on. It is cooler in Tennessee though.

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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    Up here in the great white North, I've painted mine a dark, chocolate brown. I went that direction after I saw Erin Forbes in Maine had painted hers black, and we're quite a bit cooler here than Maine is.

    I think paint color really should be based on the average temperatures in the region you're in - and what you like to look at.

    Adam

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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    My wife asked that I paint my Hives the color of the house which leaves me with three colors to choose from, light yellow, olive green and pottery orange. I said; of course, but I didn't mention the cost.
    Jack Moore ~ Sticky Bear Apiary
    Zone 7a ~ Elev: 4840ft. ~ https://www.facebook.com/StickyBearApiary

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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    Quote Originally Posted by Sticky Bear View Post
    My wife asked that I paint my Hives the color of the house
    The ugliest color of hives I have seen this year (baby puke pastel green) was chosen by the beekeepers wife.

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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    Quote Originally Posted by thenance007 View Post
    Actually, BradBee, leaving the South facing side white is probably a good idea--you want to restack boxes in the same direction as they were when you took them off, and this will help.
    Just curious but why does it matter which direction you restack the boxes?

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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    Quote Originally Posted by Kamon Reynolds View Post
    crimson (roll tide)
    If someone gave me a crimson colored bee hive, I'd burn it! WAR EAGLE!

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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    Come on man were both SEC. Alabama is what makes Auburn great and vice versa. Plus we both keep bees. Alabama football kicks butt.

    But I digress back to beehive colors........

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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    I went for the color that Eco Wood Treatment gave me. Here is what they look like so far. 2013-0504-Hives.jpg Those still in my garage don't look much different than when they were new - the sun and rain darken them a lot.

    As far as a darker color, we live where it is cold in winter and not too hot in summer, so I figured a bit darker will overall help them out. The wood is darkening up nicely as advertised (these were treated about one month ago).

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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    If white is not your color, and you want to reflect heat, paint them silver.

    cchoganjr

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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    Whatever the latest "OOPS" color at the local hardware store has....

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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    There's no excuse for boring hives; mine's in my backyard so I painted it a color I liked to look at. The girls certainly don't care.
    As for me, all I know is that I know nothing...
    - Socrates

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