My friend who got me in to beekeeping recently got his wife started as well. She is extremely environmentally conscious. The hive is kept in the backyard so he stained it and it looks great. The only problem is his wife is not sure how safe the stain is or for that matter, how safe the wood itself is for the bees. None of it seems natural to her. I didn't have an answer for her. Do any of you know if there could be consequences from the type of paint/stain or, for that matter, the type of wood you use for your hives??
On a side note, this is my 2nd year beekeeping and I just harvested my first honey!! 22 sixteen ounce bottles full. I'm looking forward to giving some away to friends and neighbors.