I understand Erin MacGregor-Forbes in Maine paints her hives black (or very dark). Her idea is that Maine has a short period of really hot weather every year, and cold winters, so the dark paint elevates the annual average temperature to an overall positive effect.
Now I've lived in Maine, and I've lived in Nova Scotia and it's a heck of a lot hotter in Maine in the summer than it is here in Nova Scotia. In Maine, they get temps in the 90's. That is very rare weather in Nova Scotia. In fact, we usually don't break 80 much. So I've been considering Erin's approach.
Any of you have experience with dark hive colors? Would you recommend it?