Just bought a garden hive the wood is beautiful would like to put a polyerathene stain on it is there any problems with that and what about the bottom board can i do the whole thing or not please help before i do it thanks
John, the reasons that most people paint them white are:
1)Beekeepers have painted hives white for a long time, so others do it only because they are blindly following tradition.
2)Studies have shown that bees are less agressive toward lighter colors, and thus may have a smaller chance of absconding, etc. from a white hive and might be of better temperment.
One of the commercial guys up here who I talk to frequently will ONLY paint his hives dark green. He has them in many different yards, and says that white only attracts attention and young boys with baseball bats. The green helps it to blend in with the landscape. Personally I've never had trouble with kids and baseball bats, but I paint my hives with grey porch paint, because we had almost a gallon left over when we did the porch and I try to recycle with bees as much as possible to curb the costs.
Sorry, I didn't answer your other question. A garden hive is something that is usually nuc-sized (which in itself isn't very explanatory since nucs come in many sizes), but anyway, it's almost never a full-sized hive. It's made to sit in a garden/flower garden type area and the hive itself is made to be much more fancy, almost like a yard ornament. Kind of like a conversation piece (as if a hive of bees in your yard isn't enough of a conversation piece) for your garden.
Well, that is interesting. It would be kind of cool to build a hive that is special. I am thinking that as long as there is no special reason to paint white, I will paint it something a little less conspicuous.
mine is a 10 frame ,like you said michael beekeepers are cheap or the price of bee equipment is way over priced and we have to make do what we have. the fancy rood i have cost around 35 dollars has copper top really looks good its for my pleasure not the bees. They rather be in an ole tree and they would be happy. Just trying to be alittle more well how can i say it LOL Its really a hive that you want people who know nothing about bees see. insteasd of how some of our hives really look. Get the drift? Walt
I have been considering coming up with a better solution than the blocks. I noticed the other day when I had only done an inspection of all the hives here without lifting a single box my back hurt. Then I remembered all the concrete blocks I moved...
Of course the cheap rachet straps I bought rotted outside... So I guess I better buy higher quality straps.
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