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.
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf