Re: Hello everyone, just a few questions for you all.
You can get honey and splits the first year if you are prepared to spend some money and time on sugar syrup.
From a 1 kg package of bees and no comb, I harvested 50 lbs and grew to three hives. I purchased the two additional queens.
1. Feed them 1:1 sugar syrup to stimulate a nectar flow. They'll draw comb and raise brrod. Stop when you add your honey supers.
2. Apply beewax to foundation and do frame manipulation. Don't be afraid to insert blank foundation between pairs of brood frames. On outer frames, once one side is started to be drawn, reverse the frame so they draw the other side.
3. Once a honey frame is 80% capped, pull and extract.
4. Feed 2:1 syrup in the fall to supplement winter food supplies.
5. Monitor food supply over winter and add dry sugar, fondant, candy blocks.
50lbs of honey at even a Costco pricce of $3 per lb, and 2 additional hives of bees, if bees are worth $100 each is $350. Should deduct two queens cost of $50, but $300 buys a lot of sugar. And the sugar is the cheap part of the hobby!
60 lbs is not a lot of honey. A deep super fully drawn and filled is 50 lbs of honey and two mediums is 60 lbs.
My goals for my first year was to get some honey, learn, get a second hive functional, and get my bees through the first winter.
Zone 3b. If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got!