Re: Amount of capped honey before you decide to harvest?
For me, and this is my first year, I waited until the middle of July to make my first pull and plan on pulling again in October. Next year I'll pull in June because I'll be able to put pulled frames in my supers in the spring rather than all foundation to make it easier on the ladies. I have 4 eight-frame hives. However, when I do pull honey I always plan to leave my brood chambers, one deep and two mediums, intact. Anything above that I remove. On my first pull I got 80+ frames (approx 240 lbs), so it was definitely worth the cleanup effort afterwords. We'll see how it goes for the fall pull. But I also live in the deep south and plan on planting a bunch of winter honeysuckle to keep my ladies happy in the winter so hopefully I won't need larger brood chambers. But then again I haven't made it through my first winter, so time will tell.
Started beekeeping in 2013 and having a blast with my 17 small cell hives!!