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  1. #1
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    Default new beek advise on honey production in first year

    I just did a complete hive inspection. my findings are 2 deeps with good brood patterns, plenty of pollin and honey stores. One medium full of caped honey and one medium with drawn comb and a small amount of uncaped honey. also found no evidance of hive beetles and sugar dusted for mites none on count sheet. My question is should i get any honey harvest after the summer season. i will be doing another complete inspection the first part of september to make sure that they have good stores for going into winter.

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    Default Re: new beek advise on honey production in first year

    welcome to the forum cdb.

    sounds like you're in pretty good shape. did you start from a package? a nuc? did you feed any syrup while they were storing and capping?

    you are a bit south of me, but your flows are probably similar. they will probably use some of what is stored to get through the dry summer months. there should be another strong flow beginning late august and through september, maybe getting into early october.

    i will probably harvest any capped honey that is in my hives in early september, and then let them have the fall honey for overwintering.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: new beek advise on honey production in first year

    squarepeg, started with a nuc, and fed syrup for 4 week to get good comb started. looks like i have a good flow going on right now the garden is full of bee every day.

    that was my thinking on tring to harvest in early september at my next complete inspection if they have good stores and the fall flow.

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    Default Re: new beek advise on honey production in first year

    sounds like you've got some good bees and a good location. you should be able to harvest some honey this year. good job.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: new beek advise on honey production in first year

    thank you squarepeg. have seen alot of your replies and like the way you think and respond to others. what is close to jackson al.?

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    Default Re: new beek advise on honey production in first year

    you are welcome cdb. i have found this forum to be a great resource for learning and sharing information. jackson county is up in the northeast corner of the state, near scottsboro.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: new beek advise on honey production in first year

    Quote Originally Posted by squarepeg View Post
    jackson county is up in the northeast corner of the state, near scottsboro.
    Im fairly close to you in Rome, GA. I also have a first year package Hive started in april and a Nuc started in May. both are doing well right now, building cone and storing honey like gangbusters.
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    Default Re: new beek advise on honey production in first year

    greetings ddawg. i think we all had a good spring this year. it started early and we didn't get a late killer frost. i think the main flow ended a little earlier than usual as well. a couple of swarms that i caught in early may are struggling to grow, but i haven't had to feed them yet.

    cdb, for overwintering last year, i had five established colonies that were each in one deep with one medium on top. the hive weights were about 80 lbs at the end of fall, and they all made it fine. of course, our winter was a little mild last year.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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