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  1. #21
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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    I paint mine whatever color is in the mistint rack at Sears and Lowes. There's high quality paint at bargain prices. My buddies lament my color choices (Pepto-bismal Pink is their favorite) and state no self-respecting thief would bother to steal my hives--they'd have to be repainted.

    Grant
    Jackson, MO https://www.createspace.com/4111886
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  2. #22
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    Aug 2005
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    Fort Wayne, IN
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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    I use the mismixed paint too, however I am not sure I agree with the white being coolest concept. There is a reason that leaves are green.

  3. #23
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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    White is used more because honey is a food product. White coveralls, white hats, etc. same reason. Food product.

    Except in the very hottest of places, the bees will keep the hive at the correct temperature regardless of the hive color.

    cchoganjr

  4. #24
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    Apr 2012
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    Baytown, TX., USA.
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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    Nice color!
    Julysun elevation 23 feet. 4 Hives, 2 years.

  5. #25
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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    I see an advantage of white in July,August,but after a 2 year period a hive looks like 10 year old.Cleo is silver so good?In the old days in Croatia,hives on north of the country weret silver/gray,and on the south all were light blue.

  6. #26
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    Park City Ky
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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    ljermontov... Can't say from experience. I have never painted a hive silver, but, have seen a lot of silver hives in hot country.

    cchoganjr

  7. #27
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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    I think it doesn't hurts to try to paint one nuc in silver,it makes sense,plus that paint is usually cheaper.

  8. #28
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    Apr 2013
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    Marshall county, AL
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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    I don't know if I really accomplished anything with my new color. I painted 3 deeps today and they aren't bright white, but they look dirty white...... Oh well, I at least painted the fronts bright yellow.

  9. #29
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    Jul 2012
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    proctorsville, vermont
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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    i like sky blue
    thats the way i roll.

  10. #30
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    Otero County, New Mexico, USA
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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    I have a few red hives, a few sky blue, a few avacado gree, a few whatever... I cover them with corrugated tin sun-shades, so the color does have much effect. No black hives though.
    NM desert/mountain beekeeper - Black Mesa Honeybees.

  11. #31
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    Spanish Fork, UT, USA
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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    I often check with the local paint stores for mismatched paint. They sell it at a very nice discount. I stick with light colors, mainly: tans, greys, blues, greens, yellows and off whites. I don't like dark colors because I'm worried they will heat of the hives too much in the middle of the summer. I have also heard that dark colors can irritate the bees. Lastly, in a bee yard with lots of hives a little variation in paint color from hive to hive can help the bees orient themselves easier.

  12. #32
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    Jan 2003
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    Suffolk, VA
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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    Gosh, am I the only one who likes white hives? I paint 99% of my hives pure white. A friend donated to me a few sky blue and red/pink hives and my wife hates them! She say it makes the yard look junky. I agree. The few that aren't white are dark brown, which seem to work well too.
    Horseshoe Point Honey -- http://localvahoney.com/

  13. #33
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    Salt Lake City, Utah
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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    I feel ya.. I personally like the natural look of wooden hives.
    Follow my new beekeeping adventure HERE.

  14. #34
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    Amador County, California, USA
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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    I like the hives white and the tops some other color, I have some blue, red, and green ones. Bright-colored tops look nice with white hives to me.

  15. #35
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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    The wife wanted a hive that was "different" from my all white hives.
    Here is what she got.
    Clear stain, copper top.

    0508131336a.jpg

  16. #36
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    Colorado County, Texas, USA
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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    They play a little SEC football in Texas now too !

  17. #37
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    Springfield, Ohio, USA
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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    Mine will be white until I use up the gallon of paint that was given to me. Unless I can figure out how to tint it myself.
    Pete. New 2013, 7 hives, zone 6a
    To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.

  18. #38
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    Cambridge, MD, USA
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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    Quote Originally Posted by Nature Coast beek View Post
    Whatever the latest "OOPS" color at the local hardware store has....
    Same here, picked up a gallon of Sherwin Williams mid grade exterior latex in a light tan color for $6....

    But I also have a few deeps in some other odd colors that I was able to get for $2 a quart.

    The light light blue, grey and reds were all mis-tints.

    Last edited by Dale_3rd; 05-08-2013 at 04:59 PM. Reason: Grammer and added image.

  19. #39
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    Marshall county, AL
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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    Quote Originally Posted by BYOBee View Post
    They play a little SEC football in Texas now too !
    Yep they do, but unfortunately Missouri hasn't figured out how to yet. LOL

  20. #40
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    Feb 2013
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    bridgton maine
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    Default Re: No more white hives for me

    OK-but I went completely scientific and chose Green Monta Fenway Park Green for my boxes. I even went so far and am experimenting with simple graphics to see if it makes a difference. Maybe the bees come home after a long day and forget what apartment building they are in, so I am trying to give them something that identifies their crib. Obviously a newbie and don't have a lot of spare time, but my local hardware guy knew the 'secret' pantone color code for the Monsta and said he could mix me up a batch of tinted latex primer. I never asked the bees if they were or are Sox fans? Some are from Georgia and the others are from Louisiana I am told. They like baseball down there too- don't they?
    green_mosta_deep.jpgNUC13 (2).jpg007.jpgNUC13 (3).jpgHaving fun and the little things don't like RAIN DELAYS!

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