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Author Topic: Science behind hive color? White? john Deere Green?  (Read 3253 times)
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« on: April 12, 2005, 08:52:13 AM »

I actually am favoring a grey/beige/moss color to blend in with surroundings.  Nothing against white, it is traditional, but what is the science behind hive color?
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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2005, 09:08:07 AM »

light color = cooler
dark color = hotter
mix mistakes = cheap cheesy

It is mainly comes down to personal choice.
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2005, 09:39:16 AM »

Admittedly, it is kind of an inefficient way to work, having one all blue hive, and one all yellow hive, etc.  But I saw a lot of images of European hives that were all colorful, and I really wanted some like that.

It's much easier if you have all your hives one color, because you can just grab a super box without caring what color it is.  It wasn't hard when I had two hives, but now I have five.  By now I've gotten to the point where I'll put a green super on an orange hive.


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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2005, 09:53:33 AM »

You missed a spot on that top one.
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2005, 09:57:58 AM »

Dang it.
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2005, 10:02:10 AM »

Oh No!   You cut the handles upside down wink
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2005, 10:02:17 AM »

Try this style . From Russia.

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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2005, 10:02:22 AM »

Nice lookin' supers! Did you build the top two? I notice the handles are cut differently and they are rabbetted instead of box joints. Nice colour selection. Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2005, 10:17:58 AM »

Thanks!

The box cuts are from BJ Weeks, who resells them cheap from Dadant, and he's local, so no shipping!

The other ones are some as-yet-unused cypress boxes from Rossman Apiaries.  Last year they showed box cuts on their website, but when they showed up, they weren't.  At the time I was told they don't do box cuts anymore.  Sure wish I hadn't ordered so much!  I've heard that cypress is supposed to last longer than pine, but my Rossman parts with rabbets are already starting to show small problems around the corners.

I have since aquired access to a table saw, and will be making a lot of my woodenware myself.  I will post pics, of course.
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« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2005, 11:20:30 AM »

Those are amazing Finsky!!! Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2005, 01:58:36 PM »

That's fantastic, Finsky! I want one. Do they work well? How do they work?
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« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2005, 02:56:20 PM »

Better not show that to my bees, they'll all get jealous and fly off to Russia.
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« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2005, 10:43:12 PM »

Wow!

Thanks for the photo of the Russian hive, Finsky!  That's cool.

Can you give us any info about the photo?  Where was this taken?  Any contact information about the origin of these hives?  Do they have movable frames?

I'm fascinated with this.  Much more pleasing than the British Garden Hive.

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« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2005, 12:24:44 AM »

I have not a faintest idea, where this beauty is?
I just found it from google.
Here is main site http://www.photostranger.com

Here are photographers
 All pictures: Svetlana Nogteva,  Alex Vorontsov
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