While I'm waiting for the paint on my first hive to dry (shouldn't take long in this 45-50c heat, 113-122F for those reading this outside Australia), I'm trying to decide on the best location for the hive.
I've read a lot on which way it should face (I'm beginning to think that's not extremely important), but what I can't quite figure out is if I should be looking for shade, or direct sunlight. Some people seem to suggest full sun is the way to go, which is probably good for the cooler months, but with our hot dry summers here, I'm not sure if I should be chasing shade for the hive too?
I live in a rural area on a small property, so I'm not limited to a suburban backyard situation. I can place it directly in the sun in a paddock, or under some shade. That shade however is also there during the winter months. The outside temps here regularly reach in the high 40's during summer.