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    Quote Originally Posted by lindsay s View Post
    Is it safe to ask how everyone else’s honey crop has been this year or will I be met with a deafening silence?
    62lbs last year, 170lbs this.
    Left 60lbs for bees this year - none last.

    That's with only 4 out of 8 lang jumbos firing on all frames.

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    Too early to say here. Won't take boxes off for about a other 10 days. But expecting at least double last year's. However last year we did not perform that well as Beekeepers and this year we put the lessons learnt to good use. So our honey crop is not always a reflection of the weather or heather! 🤣


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    Quote Originally Posted by lindsay s View Post
    Is it safe to ask how everyone else’s honey crop has been this year or will I be met with a deafening silence?
    I estimate overall its close to 20 lbs per hive over the season (that has so far ended up in an edible form!) - I also got a pleasant surprise when bringing bees back from the heather, a good super yet to be pressed - the forage/flow/weather has been very good, even excellent, at my sites and the 20 lb/hive would be much higher if I had done a better job. I set up 8 colonies for production this year. In spring all had to be split for swarm control. In late summer 3 had to be split again and I missed a cell in one (predictable result), 3 swarmed at the heather, all this years Qs. A significant amount of the spring OSR crystallized in the frames and is now being feed back to the bees, a bit of the summer and heather honey is uncapped and is also going back to the bees. 3 of the colonies were set up for sections and that does lower the yield a bit, also Qs going upstairs was a bit of a spoiler. I made the colonies too strong for the summer/heather with my uniting, coupled with good weather then it might have helped if I gave more space. Overall - I am happy with that yield (and the quality of the honey, apart form the bog standard OSR), some good lessons learned but have ended up with more colonies than I really wanted. For those, especially the commercial beekeepers, who can get yields way above mine - respect.

    Two weeks after catching them still waiting on 1 of the heather swarm Qs to start laying - if she is there and well mated I want her cause she is from a good line. The colony is behaving well and there is lovely cleaned out patch just waiting for brood.

    Main lesson this year - new Qs can swarm if you put enough pressure on them.

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