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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?
 

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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.
 

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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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