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Question About Hive Box Coloring

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Question About Hive Box Coloring

Hi all,

I recently ordered a hive box and after growing various articles and tips, I noticed that the majority of beekeepers have their boxes in the original wood look (with staining/waxing) or painted white (and various other lighter colors).

Is there any significance to a box being a certain color, or is it merely personal choice/preference? I thought maybe certain colors are used to prevent overheating, better at attracting bees, etc, but this is just a guess.

If I want to keep my box looking like the original wood, can I use any wood stain appropriate for outdoors or is there a certain type that is non-hazardous and should be used for this purpose.

Any advice is greatly appreciated and I look forward to becoming a part of this great and active group!

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