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What is your oldest running hive (top bar, perone, Warré')

 
Tokunbo Popoola
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I'm just wondering if anyone has a old natural bee'n hive.

what type is it?
how long have you been running it?
do you know how many times it's swarmed?
do you bait traps to catch the swarms?
 
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my oldest extant hives are Warré hives. there are two and I believe this will be their fifth year. one has swarmed at least twice each year and two years ago I counted four, though there may have been more that I didn't see. the other has swarmed at least once each year, but doesn't seem to get quite so crazy as the other. I've caught and hived swarms from both and lost swarms from both. I have put bait hives up near them, but then moved them elsewhere when I ran out of bait hives. that is, of course, about the time they generally decide to swarm.

they both started as feral swarms I collected relatively close by. one parent colony lived in a maple tree. that property owner reported the colony had been there at least as long as he had, which wasn't too terribly long. less than ten years. the other's parent colony was in a high and old and unused brick chimney at an old folks' place. the groundskeeper there said it's been there at least twenty years and throws five or more swarms each year.
 
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tel jetson wrote:my oldest extant hives are Warré hives. there are two and I believe this will be their fifth year. one has swarmed at least twice each year and two years ago I counted four, though there may have been more that I didn't see. the other has swarmed at least once each year, but doesn't seem to get quite so crazy as the other. I've caught and hived swarms from both and lost swarms from both. I have put bait hives up near them, but then moved them elsewhere when I ran out of bait hives. that is, of course, about the time they generally decide to swarm.

they both started as feral swarms I collected relatively close by. one parent colony lived in a maple tree. that property owner reported the colony had been there at least as long as he had, which wasn't too terribly long. less than ten years. the other's parent colony was in a high and old and unused brick chimney at an old folks' place. the groundskeeper there said it's been there at least twenty years and throws five or more swarms each year.


that's really cool .. ive been looking a way to get a solid perone hive going.

cool fifth year sheesh that's cool! thanks again for getting back to me good info.. im gonna look into Warre hives more ive been kinda skipping over it.
 
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Tokunbo Popoola wrote:
that's really cool .. ive been looking a way to get a solid Perno hive


my Perone hives are all only a year old. lost three of six Perones, with a fourth barely limping along, though one was a late cut-out that I didn't have a lot of hope for. the two survivors are going great guns, though. and the comb left by the casualties will give the next inhabitants a great head start, so they're far from total losses. despite the losses, I'm feeling pretty good about the design.
 
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