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Offline Flydown

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Does hive color matter
« on: May 18, 2018, 07:16:36 pm »
I bought a new unpainted hive today to put bees in from my swarm box. I only have blue paint and really don't want to buy any right now. Is there anything wrong with having a blue hive?
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Re: Does hive color matter
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2018, 07:36:57 pm »
I got tired of painting all the boxes white.  So I got creative and starting mixing some leftover paint.  I got just about every color from white to shades of yellow, green, blue, red, grey, purple to brown.  I think the only color that I don't have is black.  I would probably have black ones but it would get to hot in the middle of summer.  As long as it is not a really dark blue, I see nothing wrong with it.

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Re: Does hive color matter
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2018, 07:47:17 pm »
No, it is not a dark blue.
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Re: Does hive color matter
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2018, 09:21:13 pm »
Fly,
Most of my hives are gray only because I had a 5 gallon bucket of it left over from painting the house. I was painting up to 10 stacked supers at a time. As long as you are not trying to hide the hives from prying eyes, using different colored supers is a good thing. Especially when each hive has different combinations of colored supers. It helps minimize drifting. 
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Re: Does hive color matter
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2018, 09:25:36 pm »
It matters not......Richard Taylor used to paint his black so.....yeah.

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Re: Does hive color matter
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2018, 09:37:28 pm »
Lay your hand on a white car and a black car on a sunny day. Then decide for yourself. Temperature is the only reason the color you use matters.
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Re: Does hive color matter
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2018, 10:48:58 pm »
I?d, you forgot one very important factor.  Your slipping!!  Gotta please the wife, wife must approve the color.  At my house anyway.  Never never no never, get the wife mad.

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Re: Does hive color matter
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2018, 11:01:23 pm »
Lay your hand on a white car and a black car on a sunny day. Then decide for yourself. Temperature is the only reason the color you use matters.

I work with wind turbine blades that are so light in color that they are almost white. On a sunny summer day in Arkansas you cannot touch them with bare hands. I don't think light blue will make that much difference.
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Re: Does hive color matter
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2018, 10:40:12 am »
Most of mine are wood color.  Also a couple white hive bodies and a green one inherited from a friend.
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Re: Does hive color matter
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2018, 04:44:12 pm »
Mine are 'lettuce' green and wood.   :grin:

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Re: Does hive color matter
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2018, 05:08:29 pm »
Mine are whatever colour was on the brush on the day they got painted.
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BTW - black absorbs heat - but it also radiates it too.  Look at the clothes worn in the desert and in Middle Eastern countries: some wear white (to reflect heat), but very many wear black.  Curious.
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Re: Does hive color matter
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2018, 12:38:20 am »
What's paint :shocked: :wink:
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Re: Does hive color matter
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2018, 08:49:35 am »
A substance to give color and slow down the effects of weathering.
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Re: Does hive color matter
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2018, 10:15:11 am »
Ask my wife she is all ways talking about paint and Mauve and pastels and some other unfamiliar terms.   But the side effects are that I get to use some left over paint when she gets through.

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Re: Does hive color matter
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2018, 01:35:41 pm »
FWIW - the Japanese often employ a method of preserving wood by flaming, or charring it's surface.  We call this technique 'Shou Sugi Ban' - they call it 'yaki sugi-ita' - might be worth investigating ...?

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Re: Does hive color matter
« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2018, 01:37:25 pm »
That is what Lauri does on the other forum.
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Re: Does hive color matter
« Reply #16 on: May 25, 2018, 12:22:22 pm »
A $9.00 gallon of miss-tint paint from Lowe's has determined that in fact color does matter ; )

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Re: Does hive color matter
« Reply #17 on: May 25, 2018, 01:01:31 pm »
A $9.00 gallon of miss-tint paint from Lowe's has determined that in fact color does matter ; )

Oh yeah, it definitely matters there!  At my local paint store I was able to get 2 gal. of slightly mis-tinted opaque white wood stain, that was regularly priced at $80, for $15!  And it's so much paint, I won't need more for years!   :grin: 
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Re: Does hive color matter
« Reply #18 on: May 25, 2018, 03:35:37 pm »
A $9.00 gallon of miss-tint paint from Lowe's has determined that in fact color does matter ; )

I hadn't thought of that. I will have to look for some miss tint paint.
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Re: Does hive color matter
« Reply #19 on: May 25, 2018, 03:36:57 pm »
I painted mine the color I did because that was the paint I had on hand.
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