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Just curious what is normal production for a good hive. I current have 2 hives which I have had for 3 years now.... The first year I got no honey from either hive... Year 2 I got 60lbs from my strong hive and zero from weak hive.... Last year I got 100 lbs out of my strong hive and zero out of weak hive because it swarmed.... I am adding 2 more hive this spring because looking for about 200lbs total is that reasonable??? I did swarm prevention n the week hive this year so I am hoping it will finally produce too....
 

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Well that certainly depends on the location of the hive, the weather, and the genetics of the particular hive. I'm in NorCal too and have had similar results as you - some strong hives kick out a ton, others not so much. For planning reasons, I'd suggest assuming about 2 mediums per hive, that's about 30-35 lbs or so per 10 frame super. Some may give more, some less, but if you have that many supers you're probably OK.

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I'd requeen the weak hive and separate them by a good ways. I'm wondering if your strong hive isn't robbing from your weak hive.
 

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30 to 35 pounds per super is about the average, If you have a hive that continually fails to produce surplus you should requeen with a more productive queen. and I don't mean raise one from that hive. just in case it is not a case of a poorly bred queen but genetics. Raise a queen from your strong hive, or Simply buy one from a reputable queen producer/
 

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Well that certainly depends on the location of the hive, the weather, and the genetics of the particular hive. I'm in NorCal too and have had similar results as you - some strong hives kick out a ton, others not so much. For planning reasons, I'd suggest assuming about 2 mediums per hive, that's about 30-35 lbs or so per 10 frame super. Some may give more, some less, but if you have that many supers you're probably OK.



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Lol go bears!!!!! I thought 100lbs was the extreme end
 

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I'd requeen the weak hive and separate them by a good ways. I'm wondering if your strong hive isn't robbing from your weak hive.
The 2 hives are 28 miles apart :) 1 in Dublin and 1 in Cupertino ..... The weak hive swarmed last year and was getting robbed by local bees so this year I went in early and did some swarm prevention so hopefully they produce... If not I will finally replace the queen.... I thought I'd give the new queen 1 year....
 
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