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Offline danno

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How old is your oldest colony?
« on: September 18, 2012, 12:54:26 PM »
I have one that is going on its 6th winter.    It is the last one of 5 packages from Georgia.  It has swarmed a few times that I know of

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Re: How old is your oldest colony?
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2012, 01:17:00 PM »
I am rotating the brood frames every 4-5 years. My oldest box was about 20 years old until it got a funky smell one year in mid summer so I moved the frames to new boxes (after a good inspection) and destroyed the boxes.  -Mike
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Re: How old is your oldest colony?
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2012, 03:34:25 PM »
I dont mean how old is your equipment.   I mean colony.   I'm happy with this 6 year old and as always they look good with a low mite load and good stores going into winter .

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Re: How old is your oldest colony?
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2012, 04:32:59 PM »
I sold a hive 11 years ago. 9 years ago the guy divorced and gave it to his son.
6 years ago his son divorced and sold it to a friend of mine.
2 years ago I bought it back.
It is a Wayne's bees queen and has never been treated for mites.
It weighs about 150 lb. now and is ready for winter.
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Re: How old is your oldest colony?
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2012, 10:42:18 PM »
My oldest one, well actually three, is almost 7 months old but I'm hoping it makes it through the winter and I have bees in the spring!!!
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Re: How old is your oldest colony?
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2012, 11:10:43 PM »
I am thinking I have a few in the 4 to 5 year range, but I just can not think which to where.   No where near that wayne's bee hive of Iddee's.   That hive may be the cause a lot of divorces btw.

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Re: How old is your oldest colony?
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2012, 11:31:46 PM »
i still have my first hive i statred with ,it in it's ninth year.
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Re: How old is your oldest colony?
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2012, 10:09:40 AM »
Back in the golden age of beekeeping (mid 70s to the mid 80s) I had a couple that lasted ten years.  But then, when they swarm is the old location still the same colony or is the new location the same colony?  I can't say about the new location as I don't think I caught ALL the swarms...
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Re: How old is your oldest colony?
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2012, 02:05:36 PM »
Sorry about the equipment answer, I guess I was thinking of the age of the workers (3 months) and the age of the queen (2-3 years) making a colony 3 years at most.  :buttkick:

I have had hives on a single stand last 3 years to about 17 years. Some have swarmed and several were re-queened by my choice some by theirs. I hope this is what you were looking for.  -Mike
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Re: How old is your oldest colony?
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2012, 09:44:51 PM »
MB, I have always heard the expression, "A colony casts off a swarm". So I would consider the colony stayed at the old location and the swarm went and formed a new colony.
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Re: How old is your oldest colony?
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2012, 02:59:47 AM »
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I renew queens every year and couple of queens live 2 years. (clipped wings in spring).
I join part of hives and  mix them. I bet that 2 years is maximum to me.
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