Should you take honey the first year? If so, how? How much? Various methods for harvesting the honey.
I count the bottles after it's bottled. For knowing how much to leave the bees, I use all eight frame medium boxes and I do not harvest from the bottom three boxes. Period. My last harvest is All Saints' Day. The bees also keep anything above the bottom three boxes that is uncapped when I harvest or is collected by the bees after November 1. I lift the boxes occasionally and will occasionally move some capped honey to a hive that got a late start. I can extract about 20 pounds from a fairly well filled eight frame medium, but the bees are more efficient and can likely use about 25 pounds from a good box.When weighing the honey, do you just weigh the whole super, do a tare weight of a super with just frames and foundation( no stores)first to deduct from the super weight, or use a calculation like a filled medium frame = x?