Re: And another question...
I started a hive this past spring from a strong 5 frame nuc. it took off like gang busters and was doing really well. I also thought I could not expect honey from a first year hive so i didn't let my hopes get to high. but man they filled a deep in short order. started in on a med as well. got that one pretty well filled. I had no way to harvest honey because I had not expected to this year. so off to the catalog and place an order. Well by the time the stuff arrived the curse of wisdom and experience set in. and in fact all the predictions where shown to be right. the bees had moved a full med of honey down into the hive. there was nothing left for me to harvest.
In the end I would have gotten maybe 30 lbs in my first year had I been prepared. but it does not take much mistake to loose out even on a very good hives first year. and that is only if you are lucky enough to get a hive to do that well.
Everything gets darker, as it goes to where there is less light. Darrel Tank (5PM drawing instructor)