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Painting Hives (or Not) -and Why, and With What?

This question comes up a lot. Humans like things to look bright and tidy. Bees might not. Natural beekeepers will not touch anything. Some will use a linseed oil rub, some go a step further and try an exterior weather

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the tally so far

This summer started slow, and so did swarm season. I am usually ready by May to keep an eye on my emails, yet with our weather this year it caused a 1 month delay in temperatures, flowering and consequently swarming.

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