This year's harvest

Discussion in 'Products of the Hive' started by Gypsi, Aug 7, 2015.

  1. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I believe I got 26 lbs of honey, about 6 lbs of it packed as comb honey but drowned in the liquid gold. How did everyone else do?
     
  2. ibeelearning

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    About 10 gallons so far. Looked today when fogging... I could probably take another 5 gallons at the end of the month, but would rather put more honey on this year's splits. I didn't don my bees any favors by trying to feed last winter.

    And, I still have time for a band of robbers to show up. :club:

    I'm happy, considering I only brought one large colony through the winter last year. Bought 4 early packs (Calf bees from Mann Lakes on 4/4), and did splits for a total of now 10 scheduled to go into the this winter.
     

  3. Melissaejacklyn

    Melissaejacklyn New Member

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    Is it more ethical to harvest in spring? Then you are just taking what wasn't used during winter, and then you wouldn't need to feed?
     
  4. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    it might be ethical to harvest in spring but if I did my bees would starve out before summer. It is more ethical to harvest when they have enough to share. I live in North Texas with maybe 1 month of flow in spring, 1 month of less flow in fall. We had a 5 year drought dearth and I took up beekeeping in March 2011, a few months after the drought started.

    There will never be a year when I do not have to feed some syrup in midsummer, fondant in winter, with or without my harvesting honey. I am not going to spend hundreds of dollars a year on beekeeping, and work this hard, and totally not harvest any honey. I got 50 lbs from 4 hives. (actually most of it came from one hive and they practice small cluster and good workforce the rest of the year)