I averaged 66 pounds per on 8 hives. This was a pretty good year considering the drought . A lot of my fellow bee keepers in the area were not as lucky.
First year with 2 hives = 72lb honey. Long spring but a very good summer season so I cannot complain. Hoping to double number of hives this next year and see what I can get from my yard.
Started with 4 overwintered colonies. I bought 2 packages and 2 queens and I ended up with 12 hives and 9 nucs. All alive at the moment - the very mild winter is helping a lot. If I can get to the end of February with more than 50% alive I won't need to buy packages next year.
I made 578 pounds of honey from 7 hives dedicated to production for an average of 82 pounds a hive.
good job adrian, looks like you struck a nice balance between honey production and increase.
i also started out with four overwintered colonies also. i split my best one early, and got most of my 230 lbs from them.
the other three went queenless, and i was too late in realizing it. one of them recovered and gave me one super to harvest. the others were split into nucs.
i also bought three nucs from a supplier, and got a little honey off of two of them.
i still have all but one hive, it absconded.
going into spring with five full and five nuc colonies. my goal is twelve production hives.