Sun or Shade or BothĖ Based upon on where you survive in the country and your temperatures in the height of summer, observe the hours of sunlight and when locations in your yard are in full sun. The hive should be placed in early morning sun. This gets the bees out of their hive earlier in the day to forage. In the Northeast, hives can remain in the full sun for the entire season. However in places with warmer climates, hives should receive some afternoon shade.