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Offline bernsad

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Camouflage Hives?
« on: May 10, 2012, 07:15:06 AM »
Does anyone camouflage their hives or do anything else to disguise them when they place them out? For that matter, does anyone indulge in guerilla beekeeping, find a likely spot, drop some hives and wait to see who complains? I've found a run of gums just coming into flower by the roadside and I was thinking of putting a few hives in for a couple of weeks, but they would be only a short way off the roadside so I was thinking of camo to make them less obvious. I've been considering a camo paint job or wondering if I might find some camo netting to drape over the hives. Thoughts anyone.

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Re: Camouflage Hives?
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2012, 07:35:53 AM »
hi you can buy camo nets from ausy desposale storer or if you have a mate to get them forfree
you could drap one of these nets over 10 or more thay are big

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Re: Camouflage Hives?
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2012, 10:20:19 AM »
Aussie Disposals, I'll check them out. Thanks for the tip bigsting. Have you used them for that purpose?

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Re: Camouflage Hives?
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2012, 08:10:00 PM »
Hey Bernsad

I make sure all of my hives parts are painted natural colors and then I mix them up.

Ie, all bases and spacers are woodland grey, hive boxes are range from bronze fig to raw cotton (dulux colors). NEVER white.

They blend in and can't be seen when they are out bush, make colors natural, nothing jarring to the eye.

Go guerilla beekeepers!

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Re: Camouflage Hives?
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2012, 11:20:35 PM »
Go guerilla,

I have 4 hives painted in neutral colours, that I keep ticking over in the corner of my site closest to home, for that reason. If I see something flowering in my travels, I will drop those 4 close by overnight and see what I can get from what was flowering.
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Re: Camouflage Hives?
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2012, 12:43:26 PM »
Go guerilla. I'm liking the sound of that, thanks guys.

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Re: Camouflage Hives?
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2012, 11:00:23 PM »
Now I know who is supplying my bees with their stings.


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Stop armament trade across beehives.

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Re: Camouflage Hives?
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2012, 12:59:06 AM »
There should be an embargo on supplying them with stinger missiles you think?

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Re: Camouflage Hives?
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2012, 02:20:37 AM »
Arrest the wing leaders in a sting operation.  Send in the drones!

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Re: Camouflage Hives?
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2012, 03:13:05 AM »
I live in the blue mountains, next door to bush, people walk through sometimes. I keep my hives neutral, I thought painting them white could attract unwanted attention, even though they are on my land. Thieves and vandals were my worry. Cold weather has just hit us here, bees were active yesterday, not so much today in the wind.

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Re: Camouflage Hives?
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2012, 08:57:04 AM »
Painting them blue would be the best camouflage for you, Wonga.

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Re: Camouflage Hives?
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2012, 11:18:57 AM »
You're right, Lone. i like the idea of the guerrilla hives too, although maybe hard to work with them. As it is, mine are in the backyard, close and convenient. I like walking out in the morning with a cuppa early, to say hello.

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Re: Camouflage Hives?
« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2012, 12:23:51 AM »
We do camo our swarm lures, if there in public spaces.

The bees can find them fine, but the teenagers don't see them :)

Sorry can't post images, but if you search for "Luring a passing Swarm" on our blog you can see a pic.
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Re: Camouflage Hives?
« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2012, 09:18:27 AM »
Hey..a kiwi!  Do you put a woolly blanket over to disguise them, Kiwimana?

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Re: Camouflage Hives?
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2012, 01:12:04 PM »
Hey..a kiwi!  Do you put a woolly blanket over to disguise them, Kiwimana?

 :-D

Yep that's right Lone :). We hang our swarm lures at least six feet in a tree, so that confuses the people looking for Kiwis....
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Re: Camouflage Hives?
« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2012, 11:29:12 AM »
I'm about to do an experiment with camo on one of my hives... got the stencils in. I'll post some pics when I'm done.

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Re: Camouflage Hives?
« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2012, 06:43:44 PM »
Post some pics of the process too if you don't mind.

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Re: Camouflage Hives?
« Reply #17 on: August 21, 2012, 11:59:21 AM »
I be sure to post the pics of the process... if the rain will ever stop, I might get some painting done! Folks in the midwest are in drought and we have flood advisories!

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Re: Camouflage Hives?
« Reply #18 on: August 29, 2012, 05:34:36 PM »
Hey Guys,

I am allowed to post pics now  :), so here one of our Camouflaged swarm lures:-

Thanks

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Re: Camouflage Hives?
« Reply #19 on: August 30, 2012, 08:54:15 AM »
If this darn rain will ever quit, I'll get to try out my camo painting.

...DOUG
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