Shallow super actual weight
3 supers weighed after removal:
1 = 44.3 pounds
1 = 46.8 pounds
1 = 47.1 pounds
All three were full of honey, the lighter weight super had 10 frames, the others had 9. I will weigh them empty later tonight and post the empty weight for comparison. The colony that this came from still has a deep with 6 frames of honey that I can pull if I choose. I decided not to because there are 7 frames in the bottom brood chamber that need to be culled. I may cull them this fall or perhaps wait until next spring. Either way, there is still 60 pounds of honey left on the colony. We need about 40 pounds at this time of year. Fall goldenrod should fill up both deeps so they will go into winter with about 90 pounds of honey.
This colony is exceptional in quite a few ways. This is how I ranked them on a scale of 1 to 10 for each trait.
Gentleness - 10, they are extremely easy to work. Zero stings while removing honey, zero agitated bees, the only flying bees were from the bee blower.
Mite tolerance - 9, they are from my strain of bees that have not been treated in 10 years. I checked carefully as I removed honey and found 1 mite in a drone cell.
Propolis - 7, They use a fair amount of propolis, nowhere near as much as caucasians, but a tad more than a good strain of Italian.
Honey production - 9, They produced about 120 pounds of harvestable honey above winter requirements.
Hive Beetles - 6, They had about 150 beetles in the top of the colony where bees could not get to them.
NW Alabama, 50 years, 20 colonies and growing, sideliner, treatment free since 2005, 14 frame square Dadant broodnest