Re: Advice on straining system [Noob alert!]
UF, IF you are buying established colonies, and getting them NOW, or very early in April, there is absolutely no reason for you not to get a honey crop this year!
Let's assume you're getting a two-story deep brood box colony. In your neck of the woods, by now they should be getting real strong, and possibly leaning toward swarming. If you stop the swarm impulse, and start supering, you'll get a crop. All things being equal. If you super with foundation, they'll build comb on the flow, and you'll get a crop, but smaller than next year.
Even if you hive a package or nuc of bees now, on foundation, if you feed them heavily until they've drawn 20 frames of comb and grown into two deep brood boxes, you should get some honey from them this year. This has been my experience, year in and year out. If I build them up quickly, they'll produce.
Now, my suggestion is to super and keep supering to stay ahead of them. You're building comb for next year's honey crop in your extracting supers.
Perhaps the key question is: When are you getting your colonies? my opinion is that is should be soon. I'm getting nucs first Sat. in April here... and nucs mid April also. I fully expect at least 20 pounds of surplus off each of those nucs by August, and that's with them drawing 15 frames of brood comb and building into 2 deeps, plus drawing comb in the extracting super. It happened last year, I expect it to occur again this year.
Of course, the weather may have other plans for me!
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