Re: Painting active hive
I did try this one time on a single decker hive waiting for a purchaser to collect it. I was also painting boxes that day so had paint of the right color on the paint brush, decided a dash of paint on the hive would make it look crisp and new when the customer showed up. Nice sunny day, paint would be been dry in an hour.
Bad mistake. Never knew so many bees walk on the box before they go back into the hive. Within minutes of the "lick of paint", there were bees stuck upside down by the wings all over the front of the hive. So i had to hang around flicking them off, but in the end the marks in the paint and the bits of wings made the hive look so messy I had to quickly switch out the boxes before the customer arrived.
Had I painted and walked away, next time i looked at the hive, the front would have been decorated with a good number of glued down bees.
"Thinking Inside The Box"