Started with 2 hives this year. Bought a nuc. Caught one of my swarms. Lost one of my swarms (that I know of). Final harvest was around 5 gallons off of two hives. Now trying to overwinter 4 hives.
I know extractors aren't really worth it at my level, but maybe a 2-frame would be since crush and strain slows the bees down in their honey-making (giving them back bare foundation)?
This is the first year out of 4 (I think - or is it 5?) that I actually got enough honey to sell and now have people asking for more, so now my positive loss is slightly less.