A retired paint manufacturer told me he used to make a special linseed oil based paint for six beekeepers in the Queenbeyan area. He says you can make a good approximation by adding 500ml of Raw Linseed Oil ( can get it at Bunnings Paint Department) to 2 to 3 litres of gloss enamel(oil) based paint. Apply to bare timber (no primer or undercoat)- allow to dry and add a second coat. It will take a little longer to dry than solvent based paint. The oil is absorbed into the wood and preserves it a lot better than regular paint.
Nov 21, 2019
My mentor is away, hoping someone has advice. Last few days there are MANY bees hanging out at front of hive. Last time I opened it (1.5 weeks ago) the brood box was pretty much empty, a few larvae and drone cells but not much else. Seems the queen was laying in the ideal super and top honey box. Wondering if the feel they're out of room? Should I move to top super to the brood box position and the emptyish brood box on top? Thanks for any advice.