Good Day all, I have a question and I hope I dont waste your time with this but I rather ask a stupid question than drop the ball before I even get started.
My flow hives are assembled and I would like to label them. I want to get my kids involved or at the very least make them feel invested in whats going on so I wanted them to each write their names at the entrance to the hive (Located at the bottom of the assembly). Its a good way also of keeping track of which hive is producing the most by giving them unique names etc etc.
I was going to have them (The kids) do this using a permanent marker but those things have a distinctive smell. I know bees are acutely sensitive to their environment and I dont want to throw them off. Is it ok to paint the base of the entry (Like color coding it to differentiate) or write the names of them, using a permanent marker where they fly in and fly out? Will this throw them off at all?
Thanks in advance