Re: Bee questions (Deadheading and Lbs of sugar per hive a year)
It is too late to avoid the black hole! And you don't even have bees yet. But you will, and you will spend money on all kinds of bee related things that you can't live without.
The amount of sugar needed per hive cannot be defined as there are simply too many variables. Where I am, in a normal year, I expect to purchase around 60# per hive. Some of this is for the summer dearth, but most is for overwintering. 1500# for my 25 hives and 10 nucs is anticipated. A good fall flow could bring that number down a little. Also did not harvest from all my hives so some are at a good weight for this time of year and will not need much additional feed. Some areas have such a good fall flow that very little feeding is necessary. There is a reason Virginia is not a top honey producing state, our fall flow does not produce enough to harvest without starving the bees.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.