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    Default How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    If you have single deeps with excluder and 2-3 medium supers on top, could you expect 80-100 lbs per colony? I have 12 and am thinking I'll get 1200 lbs roughly. if sold at $13 a pound should bring $15,600 crazy? I might start at $15 a pound.

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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Quote Originally Posted by ifixoldhouses View Post
    If you have single deeps with excluder and 2-3 medium supers on top, could you expect 80-100 lbs per colony? I have 12 and am thinking I'll get 1200 lbs roughly. if sold at $13 a pound should bring $15,600 crazy? I might start at $15 a pound.
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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    I got about 80 lbs total from my 10+ hives this year, and I had to feed heavily in the fall. Who knows?

    Next year, of course, will be so much better ...
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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    I have 20 colonies.......some I got 2 full supers from......some I got zero honey from. I got a total of about 400 lbs. Selling honey @ $8 per pound ain't making me rich....only sweet.

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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    I got 1200 lbs from 20 hives this year. 60# average. I sell it for $5/pound retail, $4/pound jarred wholesale and $3/pound by the 5 gallon bucket. I live in a poorer, rural area.

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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    >could you expect 80-100 lbs per colony?

    You can expect whatever you like. But keep in mind:

    "Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed"--Alexander Pope

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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Quote Originally Posted by ifixoldhouses View Post
    if sold at $13 a pound should bring $15,600 crazy? I might start at $15 a pound.
    Do you mean $13 or $15 a quart? Your math translates to $39 or $45 a quart.
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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    The 1 lb bottles the only way to make any money at it. I don't see how people sell it so cheap? I have $9,000 in bees this year. made a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erU1BNPuu-k&t=53s
    I guess my estimates are off. I'll probably stick to nucs/Queens from here on out.
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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Quote Originally Posted by Spur9 View Post
    Do you mean $13 or $15 a quart? Your math translates to $39 or $45 a quart.
    no it doesn't, it's your math that is off

    13 x 1200 is 15,600
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apis Natural View Post
    no it doesn't, it's your math that is off

    13 x 1200 is 15,600
    His math isn't off. You are just working a different math problem than he is.

    If OP sells for $13/pound and there are 3 pounds in a quart, then $39/quart of honey.
    If OP sells for $15/pound, then $45/quart of honey.

    Spur's comment had nothing to do with the $15,600 gross of the OP's projections.

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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Love the responses, especially MB's continuing education courses. I'm too small to give an educated response, but experienced enough to say Good Luck. J

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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    I keep track of an Orthodox priest, who is also a beekeeper/hive builder & seller.
    His businessman friends told him, with all due respect - the beekeeping (and everything around the beekeeping) is business for poor people.
    This is generally accurate.

    I am sure you knew this already.
    But if so - why spend so much money and expect even more money in return?


    PS: otherwise, the beekeeping is a great hobby, especially when one has a steady job (or is retired);
    being "poor" in the First World countries is a relative term and not necessarily bad either.
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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    To get 80-100 pounds per hive and sell all of the honey, you have a lot of "if's" to get through.

    If you can keep them alive over the winter
    If you can keep them from swarming in the spring
    If the weather cooperates during the flow
    If the area can support that many hives
    If there is enough forage available
    If you can keep expenses down
    If you can sell 1,200 individual bottles

    I don't live anywhere near you so I have no idea what you can expect from a single hive in a good or bad year. In my area, if you can get 35 lbs. per hive from a stationary hive, it is a really good year. Personally, I hope you do get 1,200 lbs. from your hives! I just love seeing success in beekeeping.

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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Quote Originally Posted by GregV View Post


    why spend so much money and expect even more money in return?


    PS: otherwise, the beekeeping is a great hobby, especially when one has a steady job (or is retired);
    being "poor" in the First World countries is a relative term and not necessarily bad either.
    I figure it would be something to do when retired, I still have 15 yrs to work though, but figure I can build up a business out of it after work, I'm only out about a months salary anyway, but am always looking for more ways to make money
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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Let's do the math but wait a minute the weather is about to change......................snow today!

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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    One of my goals this year was to carefully track my expenses and income related to my beekeeping. I found some free software (waveaccounting) and tracked every dime I spent. I even tracked mileage on my truck (Stride app) and reimbursed myself the IRS mileage rate. Treatments, sugar, wood, screws, glue, everything.

    My current status as of November 12, 2019 is (-$1,829.97). But I have roughly 28 gallons of honey left and I do have a new 25 gallon Maxant bottling tank and added a motor to my extractor.

    Had a lot of fun losing $2 grand. Hell, I think I knocked it out of the park this year. Hope to keep my losses to $2k/year from now on.

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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    This year I have a pretty good crop.
    Wife asked (half-jokingly) - should we sell some?
    I said - it is more smart to give few gifts to few valuable and deserving people.
    We eat the rest.
    I am pretty sure I am correct at this point and at the time.
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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    I Like Michael's" You can expect whatever you like"

    Last year my best hive made me just under 300 kg ( you work out what this is in lb) and I averaged about 160 - 170 kg per hive.

    I also made about 50 nuc's which knocks the yield.

    This year.....it is very dry here and we have bushfires galore. I hate to think what my average is going to be this year.

    We have to take the good and the bad and learn form each
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    Quote Originally Posted by max2 View Post
    I Like Michael's" You can expect whatever you like"

    Last year my best hive made me just under 300 kg ( you work out what this is in lb) and I averaged about 160 - 170 kg per hive.

    I also made about 50 nuc's which knocks the yield.

    This year.....it is very dry here and we have bushfires galore. I hate to think what my average is going to be this year.

    We have to take the good and the bad and learn form each
    300 kg is 600 lbs
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