Painting the Hive

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Hog Wild, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. Hog Wild

    Hog Wild New Member

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    I have painted the outside panels of the two hives I recently purchased but I was wadering do you paint the top lip of the supers/brooders? Where the two will join together or does it really matter?
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Paint helps keep moisture out and slows rotting. I paint the edges.
     

  3. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    I always paint the edges, paint everything except the inside.

    I try to paint the inside of the outer cover also, getting in the cracks, helps to eliminate hiding places for the ants.

    G3
     
  4. rast

    rast New Member

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    Third vote for painting the edges.
     
  5. wfuavenger

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    +1 on painting/sealing everything except the insides...
     
  6. tecumseh

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    I dip (ph-towee) so everything gets covered.
     
  7. Hobie

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    I do paint the top and bottom edges, especially at the corners where I tend to pry with a hive tool.

    However, it's the end grain that absorbs most moisture. I also make sure there are extra coats on the vertical edges where the wood end grain is exposed.
     
  8. alleyyooper

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    We stain every thing except the insides and even then if it is a hive I have scorched. I'll sand the scorched inside but it seems as though it still isn't clean enough for the girls so we now stain them and no problems.

    :mrgreen: Al
     
  9. Hog Wild

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    Thanks for all the information, I will make sure to get the edges good on the second/third coats.

    Is 3 - 4 feet of spacing good enough for two hives? I have built an 18" H X 36 W X 8' L stand to get them up to a workable height.

    I can see this turning from a hobby to an obsession!!!
     
  10. Iddee

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    For the bees, they can be against each other.
    For the beek, I like enough room between them to set the supers while I am working.
     
  11. Mama Beek

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    Yup, you'll get bee fever fast as anything. Next thing you know you'll be dreaming of more hives, more bee yards, more honey, prettier queens, better laying patterns..... :D
     
  12. alleyyooper

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    Our stands are 18 inches tall. Just right for doing spring and fall inspections. But if you put more than two medium honey supers on it gets to be a pain. I always leave one hive cover spaceing between the hives. I can set a deep on or in the hive cover when doing inspections looking for the queen who I don't want to loose in the grass by hanging a frame on a frame rest and just didn't see the queen before hanging it.
    We get 3 hives on a 8 foot stand.