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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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    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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    Default Re: Bee Hive Color

    To everything there is a season....

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    Default Re: Bee Hive Color

    summer heat and humidity is a challenge here. mine are white and set close to a water source.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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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 Homemaid View Post
    Oh my, we have a winner!!
    Regards, Barry

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    Embarrassed Re: Bee Hive Color

    in the north a dark color to absorb heat in the winter is a plus. in the south white or silver to reflect heat in the summer is a plus. I checked with my bees they like $4 a gallon color a little better than $7 a gallon color.

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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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    Nah I don't like him either LOL

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    Default Re: Bee Hive Color

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by mathesonequip View Post
    in the north a dark color to absorb heat in the winter is a plus. in the south white or silver to reflect heat in the summer is a plus. I checked with my bees they like $4 a gallon color a little better than $7 a gallon color.
    That is what I figured the white was for. Nmmm Silver would really tick him off. I think I will go with a light color to help reflect heat but not too bright as to draw attention of the other neighbors.

    I am in a small bedroom community and the State keeps the cities from outlawing honey bees but this guy would say he was stung by one even if he wasn't

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    Default Re: Bee Hive Color

    I get my paint in the "oops" section of the box stores. I don't really care what color it is, although for some reason pink and purple tend to be the ones there when I look and I skip them.

    I also want to keep my un-obtrusive, simply because I don't want anyone poking around with them. Otherwise, the bees don't care so long as they don't overheat (black is probably a bad idea). A shade board will do much more to cool a hive than white paint.

    I suspect white paint was the cheapest back in the old days -- no color additives, hence less cost.

    Peter

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    Default Re: Bee Hive Color

    I suspect that "back in the day" that white was used for hives because whitewash was one of the least expensive protective coatings for wood.

    Anyone remember those parts of Tom Sawyer's adventures mentioning whitewash?
    Tom Sawyer lived with his Aunt Polly and his half-brother, Sid. Tom dirties his clothes in a fight and is made to whitewash the fence the next day, as punishment. He cleverly persuades his friends to trade him small treasures for the privilege of doing his work. In Sunday school, Tom does not manage to get a Bible because Mr. Walters knew he was trading tickets.

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    I paint my the cheapest, wildest color of mistint paint. I figure no self-respecting thief would want these hives or they'd have to go to the work of repainting them. Some hives I paint brown or dull green to blend in with the setting to keep vandals and curiosity seekers away.

    My brother-in-law wanted to add a single bee hive to the back yard. The local association showed him the rules (CCR's for you experts) that any outbuilding or shed, was limited to a certain percentage of space and height based on the house and any outbuilding or shed HAD TO BE OF THE SAME CONSTRUCTION AND ROOFING COMPOSITE.

    My brother-in-law lives in a brick house.

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    Default Re: Bee Hive Color

    You should paint them hunter safety orange or any other fluorescent color. After they dry, paint a hand with the middle finger extended. Use black paint for the hand and be sure you paint the hand on the side that faces the neighbor.

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