I honestly don't know how you guys do it. In two years with three surviving TBHs, I must have only pulled 3 pounds of honey - all comb. I'm in upstate New York in pristine watershed.If they get 2 or 3 hives that happen to have a boom year, they could be looking at a possible 100-150 pounds of honey. That's more than they really needed or wanted and now beekeeping is a chore.
Having a top bar hive with moderate management, in the same year might get them about 50 to 100 pounds of honey from 2 or 3 tbh's. more manageable, less of a 'chore'
amen. I'm a 1st year bk (had it about a month) and don't know what i'll do if my bees make 100lbs+ of honey next year. Currently in a lang, but i'm planning to split it to a TTBH/long hive next year.Something else to consider is how many hobbyist beekeepers want honey, but are really only looking for enough for themselves, the neighbor, the brother maybe.
If they get 2 or 3 hives that happen to have a boom year, they could be looking at a possible 100-150 pounds of honey. That's more than they really needed or wanted and now beekeeping is a chore.
It seems to me that location plays a role in what type hive and management works well in any given part of the country/ies. Considering main nectar flow durations, time of flow/s etc. Just guessing here but it may be difficult for a TBH to get a descent honey crop in a location that has a very early flow with a dearth then a fall flow. I've heard many times how the TBH bees use up all their spring stores to get through the summer dearth then putting the fall flow away for winter stores.Just because one didn't work for you, doesn't mean it won't work for others.
no, you've said stuff that you "think" is good beekeeping practices based on the methods you prefer, then try to make it sound like they are the universal only "good" methods, which is obviously not true and just your opinion.I've said stuff that is in support of good beekeeping practises.