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  1. #21
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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Quote Originally Posted by ifixoldhouses View Post
    300 kg is 600 lbs
    300kgs = 661pounds , 61 pounds if sold at $13 a pound, thats another $793

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

    So he got 661 pounds off his best hive? wth? and averaged 350 lbs each?
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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Quote Originally Posted by ifixoldhouses View Post
    So he got 661 pounds off his best hive? wth? and averaged 350 lbs each?
    Time to move your operation to Australia
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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    IKR, 661 would be like 13 supers high
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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    "IKR, 661 would be like 13 supers high "

    We manage our hives very differently here. I have a FD broodbox. A q excluder. A FD supper and in some cases another 1/2 super.

    We harvest as the honey comes in - maybe every 3 to 4 weeks. In extreme cases after 10 days ( I know of cases were a super was full again after one week)

    We have a cool period from June/July to August but in some coastal areas the Tea Trees are flowering in winter giving something to harvest even then. 661 lb is no Australian record. far from it.

    But it all can turn pear-shape - like this year. Some friends had to feed their bees: too dry, no rain.
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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Here is some data which shows recorded yields in Australia: https://badbeekeepingblog.com/2016/0...y-times-in-oz/
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    40 years - +/- 20 H - TF - Subtropical

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

    Daaaaaaaaamn I'd like to visit there someday and see that myself.
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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    You have $9000 in 12 hives? Those are some expensive bees! That’s like $750 a hive. Hope they’re good ones.

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

    well, there are 12 empty ones ready for next year, plus all the equipment.
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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    IFOH, keeping it a little more local, 35-40# per hive is considered pretty good here just a bit north of you. Some hives will do better than others, and some will do nothing at all. Your original question is truly an attempt at "counting chickens before they hatch". Selling nucs is the same thing. Suppose you started 20 nucs in August with the intent of overwintering them and selling each nuc for $170. Logic would suggest you have an potential income of $3400. Reality dictates that you allow for winter losses and even some of the survivors won't be good enough to sell, so how much can you make? Dunno, it depends, right?
    If.you want to keep this hobby affordable, make most, if not all, of your woodenware and raise your own queens. Set swarm traps for increased diversity but most importantly, DON'T BUY BEES!

    PS. I stopped counting when I hit 6K. That way when the wife asks me how much money I have spent, I can honestly say, " I don't know".
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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Here, SW WA, my hives that winter over and get built up before the flow, depending on the size of field force and their bent on haul'n nectar, I get from a single med super to about 3 supers per hive.
    ps. A single medium frame yields +-1 quart of honey.

    And insulating over winter (though I don't yet) may help yield considerably more surplus.
    Feeding pollen sub late winter/early spring (I sometimes do) helps the building of the strong field force, and will yield more surplus.

    But for any hive to have a good surplus yield, there must be ample surplus nectar available in the surrounding area, annnd the hive must have ample field force to get it.

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

    Depends on your location, and the weather. I've 4 hives, Zone 7a or so, I got 75 - 80 pounds this year, TOTAL off those 4 hives. Last year I also got about 75 pounds off 4 hives.
    Some days it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ifixoldhouses View Post
    300 kg is 600 lbs
    660lbs, to be precise. 2.2lbs/kg.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Pchristu View Post
    660lbs, to be precise. 2.2lbs/kg.
    To be even more precise 1kg = 2.20462 lbs

    300kgs = 661.387 pounds

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Radar View Post
    To be even more precise 1kg = 2.20462 lbs

    300kgs = 661.387 pounds
    Not so.

    300.000 kg would equal 661.387 lb. You cannot derive decimal point precision from an equation when one of the numbers is obviously not a precise number.
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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    stlil 661 lbs from one hive? most be tons of flowers, tons of bees, and no mites must help.
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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    The Nebraska average is 40 pounds...
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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Not that bees pay attention to political boundaries but the national survey shows North Carolina at 41 and 33 lbs. per colony in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Nebraska at 63 and 59 pounds.
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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    >Nebraska at 63 and 59 pounds.

    I haven't kept up. If it's up to 63 that's good. I'm pretty sure it used to be around 40 when I checked a few years ago.
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    Default Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Quote Originally Posted by max2 View Post
    "IKR, 661 would be like 13 supers high "

    We manage our hives very differently here. I have a FD broodbox. A q excluder. A FD supper and in some cases another 1/2 super.

    We harvest as the honey comes in - maybe every 3 to 4 weeks. In extreme cases after 10 days ( I know of cases were a super was full again after one week)

    We have a cool period from June/July to August but in some coastal areas the Tea Trees are flowering in winter giving something to harvest even then. 661 lb is no Australian record. far from it.

    But it all can turn pear-shape - like this year. Some friends had to feed their bees: too dry, no rain.
    Damm (had to get past the auto-censor)! What price do you get for honey in your area? Seems like that much honey could seriously dilute the price you can get.

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