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    Big Grin Bee Hive Color

    Why are most hives painted white? Does color make a difference?
    The reason for the question is I have a couple neighbors that will prolly complain and want to paint my boxes a green color to blend them with the background. I will be putting them up well before I get bees so if he complains about it I can show he is just an Jack---.

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    Default Re: Bee Hive Color

    Ok.... well then.
    I'm guessing they are painted white to keep the hive cooler in the summer.
    High fences make great neighbors. Sounds like you need one. lol

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    Nah I don't like him either LOL

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    Default Re: Bee Hive Color

    I'd paint them whatever causes the least argument with the neighbors. White was pretty standard "in the Old days". Paint them camo or anything to keep them from standing out and causing problems, questions. Good luck with them.

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    Default Re: Bee Hive Color

    Like this? Hadn't gotten aroung to painting the supers green yet.
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Bee Hive Color

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Like this? ...
    I like this very much but Woodpeckers see a green beehive as a chance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Like this? Hadn't gotten aroung to painting the supers green yet.
    That looks just like my back yard. The neighbor is selling his house so won't bee here long. But I have a farm directly behind my house

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    Default Re: Bee Hive Color

    Ask your neighbor what color he would like. No sense causing a rift with Jack..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snookie View Post
    ... Oh do I need to paint the top/side up of my actual top bars?
    I didn't. They would stick together. My lid provides protection for them.
    3rd yr - 1 KTBH & 4 KTBH nucs - TF - USDA Zn 6b

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    Default Re: Bee Hive Color

    To everything there is a season....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homemaid View Post
    Oh my, we have a winner!!
    Regards, Barry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Oh my, we have a winner!!
    Thanks I love them....

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    Default Re: Bee Hive Color

    Meh. . the neighbors will always complain. . until they get that first jar of honey.

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    I agree with you Barry. These are great.

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    Homemaid - now those are sharp. May I share this with my bees?
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    Default Re: Bee Hive Color

    Philip: as stated by several look for "opps" paint. locally lowes it is $5/gal. or if your lucky $25/5 gal. home depot is $7/gal. real deals is often $1/quart. ..the best deal I got was at lowes, Valspar premium with the original $40 tag for $5 less 5% contractor discount less a $5 rebate, they paid me 25 cents to take it, a great light blue color. last summer real deals had krylon exterior white stain killer for $1/quart they had a lot of it for a while. the stain killer is great for fixing up old boxes.... you do not have to equate low price with low quality.... this time of year the opps paint is scarce. be patient and keep your eyes open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bee Whisperer View Post
    Homemaid - now those are sharp. May I share this with my bees?
    Thank you...You sure can.. I just love them, can't wait for our bees...

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    Default Re: Bee Hive Color

    I started off the same (afraid the neighbors would see and complain) so I painted them using the left over house paint and put them by the house. Nobody knew they were there for multiple seasons.
    http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/...ps6d8956b2.jpg
    My nucs I use for swarm traps so paint them camo:
    http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/...ps4d5f9932.jpg
    My scrounging for paint is getting bad I, always check and now I have been looking for latex stain to use as primer. Here is the ‘dog poop’ colored hives from last year using $47 Miller deck paint.
    http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/...psf2950e48.jpg
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    Default Re: Bee Hive Color

    After a bit of research, I used Eco Wood Protect on my 1 top bar hive. I'll be using it again this Spring on a new Lang. I'll see how it is in 5 years and let you know. I have quite a few neighbors who are equally as hateful of my bees as your neighbor seems to be. I'm in a suburban, "Stepford Wives" type neighborhood. The neighbors just about lost it when they found out I was getting honeybees. Once the bees came they realized that swarms wouldn't be chasing after their party guests, and they've kept their lips sealed. (Although 1 neighbor brought over a small pile of dead wasps and asked if they were mine. hah.) The aged look of the EcoWood Protect helps the hives blend in. Now that we're adding another hive, I may build a small enclosure against the house out of 3 privacy fence panels to hide out hives. I hate the neighbors in our business! Good Luck with your neighbors!

    Another funny story... the little girls next door aren't allowed to cross the property line because of our bees. They ended up with a large ground wasp next in the front lawn where the kids play. It gave me quite the chuckle.

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