Re: Beginner Questions on Building a Hive
I don't run ware hives but the above concerns/recommendations are worth you're consideration. To your "universal" hive questions
Yes, many of us are fond of the "Oops" or mis-tinted exterior house paints which are sold at a discount.
Would traditional house paint work for the exterior of the hive?
Yes but why, between good joinery and propolis I've never seen a need.
Can caulk be used on seams?
No, air is not supposed to permeate the seams. Also. don't try to over think helping the bees with increasing the "chimney effect;" allow for ventilation but also let the bees control their own environment and air circulation.
Is the chimney like warm air rising the only ventilation, or is air supposed to permeate the seams of the hive?
Doesn't hurt but not a necessity except in the borderline extreme conditions.
Would insulation around the hive be beneficial all year round or only during winter?
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