How about this. These year I started with 5 hives one I did not intend to harvest honey from no matter how well it did. So I consider I started with 4 productions hives. during the season In increased to 12 hives via swarm captures. Sold two. In addition I produced another 10 colonies via queen castles or minimal split methods. That is taking two frames of bees brood and provisions and giving them a queen. I also harvested 230 lbs of honey.
Now given that 17 of my 21 hives where never intended to produce any honey. that the 4 colonies that where expected to produce have at times been the support for making the mini splits. had honey removed to support the development of some of those splits or have had fraems of brood taken to produce queens from etc. Some of the swarms that where not expected to produce honey at the beginning of the season. btu by far the majority of my hives could not be excited to nor did they produce one drop of honey for harvest. they have produced honey.
Now do I divide m 230 lbs of honey by 21 to gain my average? Do I divide it by some number between one and 21 that for some arbitrary reasoning seems acceptable? OR do I divide it by only the number of hives that where expected to produce regardless of how many actually produced?
It seems to me that the members of this group lack any ability to wrap their minds around something that includes even a minor degree of complexity. They are obviously unable to just make a determination and stick with it much less establish it as the standard.
I say I averaged 57.5 lbs per hive regardless of those same hives supporting the expansion of my apiary by just over 400%. That those original 4 hives assisted so well that it resulted in additional production of honey is still credited to their performance not the additional colonies.