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  1. #1
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    Default Harvest amounts

    I'm curious what have you guys,and gals gotten this year for harvest amounts?
    I just finished extracting and got an average of 73.5 Lbs. per hive. A little less than last year but i think pretty good due to the fact I was a little lazy this year and didnt get supers going as soon as I should have.
    I hope you all did very well!

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    I got 22 lbs from one hive. About 2/3 of last year's amount. My other hive went queenless so I left it alone, harvest-wise. After I took the honey from the first one, it, too, lost its queen, and I feel a bit guilty now about robbing them.
    “The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.” -Henry David Thoreau

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    60 lbs.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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    here in south central kansas I have started harvesting on my lesser hives so I can feed. A fair amount of honey already has been pulled down into the brood nest. I am seeing about 50 percent less than last fall where I averaged about 80lbs a hive. however I wont know until I pull from my strionger hives. the average may go up. We got killed by lots of rain during the flow. A constant cycle of 3 days of rain 2 days of cloudy over cast weather followed by another 3 days of rain.

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    Honey harvest is secondary to pollination to me, so I really don't "push" it and harvest only once in the season, even when--as in this year--I probably could have harvested three times. I've been beekeeping for six years and I always seem to average about 30 lbs per hive in both good years and bad.

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    average so far this year is 130 per hive. I am still pulling so that could change down with one yard that always brings my average down.

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    Six producing hives that I started this year (the rest were too small) from which I pulled a total of 100# of honey in three harvests (early, mid, late).

    I have pulled about a half pound of propolis (not to sure what to do with that).

    I am still harvesting pollen (got started on that later than I should have) off a single hive that seems to be pulling it in more than the rest. I get a pint jar (unsure of weight) about 4 to 6 days.

    I have sold most of the honey...in fact I could have sold three or four times that easily.

    Lots of stuff still in bloom still, though I will not harvest again.
    Richard
    Carriage House Farm, North Bend, Ohio

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    I'm down 1/3 to 1/2 of last years harvest

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    I only let one hive produce surplus honey and got 126 lbs for the season.



    -Jeff

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    I have two hives, one started from a package this year with no harvest, the other I harvested 84 Lbs from.

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    I started the year with 4 packages and ended up with 5 strong hives and about 200-225lbs of honey.

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    Default 63 Lbs Average

    Average per hive was 63 pounds. Just about what I expected.

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    5 hives = 800 lb = 160 lb average.

    Konrad

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    You know, until this post, I never knew how "poorly" my couple of colonies were doing.
    “The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.” -Henry David Thoreau

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