Put in six 3lb packages 25 days ago. I'm a new beekeeper and these are my first hives.
I know that in my area it is not normal for a new package of bees to produce enough honey for the beekeeper to harvest. I have heard that some commercial beekeepers in this type of climate will not winter their bees but go for a max honey extract.
I am thinking of doing this with one colony. As I need to show my family (mostly wife) that my bees actually make honey. And then perhaps I can combine this colony with a weaker one and winter the bees that way.
Anybody have any tips on how this is done?