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    Default Effects of Comb Age on Honey Bee Colony Growth

    iIthought that I would share this data with you because it has very good information about our combs

    Effects of Comb Age on Honey Bee Colony Growth
    http://www.ent.uga.edu/bees/publicat...s_comb_age.pdf
    Regards,
    Ernie
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    Default Re: Effects of Comb Age on Honey Bee Colony Growth

    Very interesting article. Here is the summary.

    This research examined the effects of comb age
    on honey bee colony growth and brood survivorship.
    Experimental old combs were of an
    unknown age, but were dark and heavy as typical
    of combs one or more years old. New
    combs were produced just prior to the beginning
    of the experiment and had never had
    brood previously reared in them. Either old or
    new combs were installed into each of 2124
    nucleus colonies each year over a three-year
    period. On average, colonies with new comb
    produced a greater area (cm2) of brood, a
    greater area (cm2) of sealed brood, and a higher
    weight of individual young bees (mg). Brood
    survivorship was the only variable significantly
    higher in old comb.

    Tim

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    Default Re: Effects of Comb Age on Honey Bee Colony Growth

    Thank you for reading the data and your reply.
    Ernie
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    Default Re: Effects of Comb Age on Honey Bee Colony Growth

    hey i cant find the artical? what do you mean about the brood survivership was greater? that the old comb had more of the brood hatch out?

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    Default Re: Effects of Comb Age on Honey Bee Colony Growth

    Interesting article but as with many honey bee experiments you always have to ask, how do you come to these conclusions when there are so many uncontrolable variables. For instance, the article states that the experimenters put the old comb in large established colonies to clean it of debris. How do we know that some or all of these colonies were perfectly health. How do we know that they didn't pass just enough Nosema spores to affect the data.
    I am not saying that this was a bad experiment...probably just a bit superfluous since common sense tells me that newer comb would be better. In nature the wax moth takes care of old comb.

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    Default Re: Effects of Comb Age on Honey Bee Colony Growth

    Time of the year can be a factor. I have seen really new comb nearly ignored in Feb and eagerly brooded in 6 weeks later.
    John B Jacob www.oldsolbees.com

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    Default Re: Effects of Comb Age on Honey Bee Colony Growth

    All I am suggesting is that sometimes location, time of the year, and intensity of the flow may have a greater affect on outcomes than comb age does at other times of the year.
    John B Jacob www.oldsolbees.com

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    Default Re: Effects of Comb Age on Honey Bee Colony Growth

    One time, I was culling out old comb which was also heavy with drone comb. About 300 boxes. Well along came a wet year. I made splits and filled every box with bees. Those hives on that junk comb produced great bees and averaged the same honey as the hives on mostly new comb. Not scientific just facts. Of coarse this was befor Fluvalinate and the rest of the pesticides used today.

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