First off I would like to say that we have had a rather successfull year this year having come into the spring with a 5% loss, reared our own queens and requeened all hives, doubled up on our increase, sold extra nucs, and had a 100lb average this year. I didn't make as much honey as I had hoped but I'm still happy with the way everything turned out.
Now, I would like to get your opinions on figuring out the average lb/hive in a year when increase is made. I'll give an example:
Lets say you start the year off with 50 hives and mid season you pull a nuc from each one and double your numbers. You may or may not get honey from those nucs. Now at the end of the season you got 7,500lbs of honey and lets say that 5,000 of that came from the original hives and 2,500lbs came from the nucs. If you were to figure the average from the number of hives at the start of the season (50 hives) that would be an average of 150lbs. But, if you figure the average from the number of hives at the end of the season (100 hives) then your average would be 75lbs.
I would tend to lean towards using the number of hives at the start of the season for a couple of reasons. they are-
1) The hives at the start of the season are the princable hive from which everthing that is achieved through the season, came from those hives.
2) Increase that came from the princable hives could still be considered an extention from number of hives at the start of the season.
3) Being able to say that you've gotten a 150lb average and doubled your hives just sounds better then 75lb average.
An argument could be made that if nucs were not made from the princable hives, that the honey crop would of been just as large or larger giving you the 150lb or more average anyway. I would like to think that the increase is seperate from those calculations and considered, like the honey crop, an achievement from that season.
So, let your opinions fly. What are your thoughts on this?