Due to the warm winter, our initial package of bees came much earlier than anticipated. As a result we had to place the bees in the hive body with only a primer coat of paint. My kids were hoping to be able to paint and embellish the hives. Now that the bees are well established, we're wondering if we can still paint the hive bodies. We have a couple of extra hive bodies so the thought was to simply paint those and then during an inspection just transfer frame by frame from the old hive into the newly painted one. Does anyone foresee any problems with this? Will the bees be too disrupted, do they "scent" the hive bodies and will this be a problem then if suddenly their walls "change" on them? Is there a particular time of year that would be better? Any input at all would be appreciated.