Re: Honey per Hive?
Honey production varies pretty widely, depending upon weather patterns and (consequently) vegetation available. But I've seen roughly "tens of pounds" of harvestable honey per reasonably managed hive. Some places near me average three or four tens of pounds. Some get ten tens of pounds. Folks in the North and Great Plains or with specifically honey-targeted management may get twice even that. I'm hoping for a few tens of pounds per hive for myself. Well, I'm actually _expecting_ to be able to do encourage my bees to do _that_. I'm _hoping_ to get 7 tens of pounds from my local hives using some of the ideas I've been reading about here on beesource, although that's only smoke and mirrors at the moment. It sounds from what I've been reading like a few tens of pounds for your area is a defensible hope.
[Addedum after Tenbears' following post: --> but I took zero honey from the hives all of last year as they were being established. They needed it more than I did, and for the cost of one nucleus colony I can purchase what I wanted from other, more-established local beekeepers. Pay more attention this year to getting the bees established. The honey is a longer-term item, however much a part of the picture it may be.]
Last edited by DerTiefster; 03-25-2017 at 06:54 AM.
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