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Can I harevst some honey?

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Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I'm new to this hobby. I started with two packages in early April. The bees are doing great. Filled two deeps fairly quickly with brood. I added a medium super, which they have filled (and capped) with honey. They are now working on another medium super.

Here is the question (or questions):

Should I expect to be able to harvest any honey this year? Can I take the honey now and let them keep whatever they store from now until winter?

How much honey will they need for the winter?

I wasn't expecting any honey this year, but they seem to be doing real well and if they don't need it all, I might as well enjoy it.

Any advice?
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Hey " J "
Harvest the honey if the supers are at 90-95% full.
I harvested June 4 th and got 37 quarts.
Again I harvested July 5 th and got 78.5 quarts.
If you let them keep the fall honey they will be good for winter.
Good luck and great job.
 

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I also suggest to put on at least 2 more sups, on for them.
the more room they see the more production from them.
Proven by me here in Illinois for the past 15 yrs.
All of my brother beeks I help do this and same result
each year.
 
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