old foundation

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Papakeith, May 9, 2012.

  1. Papakeith

    Papakeith New Member

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    I just received a full box of foundation from my Aunt. It's been in a chest in her house since my uncle quit keeping bees in the early 80s. It looks OK, but I wonder if there is a shelf life to foundation?
     
  2. Iddee

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    I have used it after more than 20 years and it was fine. If it is brittle, heat it a very little and it will be limber.
     

  3. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    It will be just fine.
     
  4. Jim 134

    Jim 134 New Member

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    About 5000 years or so.


    BEE HAPPY Jim 134 :smile:
     
  5. Papakeith

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    :eek::shock:

    I'd better hurry up and use it then! only 4970 years left!

    Thanks for the replies everyone.
     
  6. Barbarian

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    Individual or outside sheets exposed to air can get a 'bloom' on them which is less attractive to the bees.

    To encourage bees to move onto such or other foundation a brushing or light spray with 1 to 1 syrup is said to help.

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