One of the many reasons for losses of hives after a swarm is the queen returning to the wrong hive, and being killed. A multi-colored painted hive body can solve this.
Or by returning to the bee yard and not being able to find the exact box she emerged from. Queens raised from NUCs or from eggs inside a hive that have swarmed must make a mating flight to a DCA, drone congregation area. This can be several miles from your apiary. Then she must return to her hive. She may even make several flights to the DCA over the first few days after she emerges to make sure she has enough sperm to carry on her duties for the next couple of years. If she returns and enters the wrong painted hive body she will be promptly killed by either the workers of that hive or the queen herself. Unless she manages to kill the queen and then is killed by the workers. Then you may be faced with the loss of both hives!
There is an easy means to prevent this. Don't paint all your hives the same color. This includes multiple boxes in the same hive. Such as two hive bodies and a super. Use mutli-colored a painted hive body and honey super instead. Bees see much differently than we do. I liken it to old 8-bit computer graphics from the 1980's. Bees are good at making out patterns, blocks of color, but not very good at seeing detail of any kind. It is for this reason that we recommend you paint each of your boxes in different colors. Especially if you have hives next to each other. hive 1 should be painted dark first box, light second box. Then hive number 2 should be painted light first box, dark second box. This alternating paint scheme enables your queens and in fact worker bees to more quickly find home and prevents them from going into the wrong hive on accident.
This is the reason here at funny bug bees and wood works we alternate colors each time we buy paint from our supplier. Every time you order a hive body, honey super, top feeder, etc, and select the painted option it will be painted with a random pastel color. From white to yellow to blue to pink. Over time this means if you buy your boxes from us painted, you will have a very colorful apiary first, but also will be assisting your queens and workers in finding the correct home!
If you do not wish your painted hive body or honey super to be different colors, simply order them unpainted from us and you can paint them yourself in whatever color you like best.
If you order your products painted, please allow an extra 24 business hours for production in addition to the 24-hour guarantee already in place for shipment of your order. Painted products will be shipped within 48 business hours of order placement!