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Old 10-06-2014, 06:29 AM   #11
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Very cool

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Old 10-06-2014, 02:55 PM   #12
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I have about 260 pounds this year from 4 hives (2 originals and 2 swarms that cooperated and did their thing when I was home). I have to admit I have't done mead yet, but this fall I am going to give it a whirl.


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Well done! I hope to get 2/3 of that here in a couple years once I expand out to 4 hives.
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Old 10-07-2014, 12:13 AM   #13
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Congrats on a good honey year. 2nd year beek here, had to start over this year due to
winter kills. Got local nucs this time and they seem to be doing well.
Pulled 2 frames of natural comb capped honey from my strong hive a couple weeks back and did the crush and strain extraction method. Very nice honey .

Just got into a gallon of mead we started almost 6 mos ago, whooooaaaaaaaa !

Anyhow the bees are keeping the rest of the honey for winter survival. Both hives
have about 70 lbs of honey in them. Hoping for some survivors this time around.

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Old 10-09-2014, 01:53 AM   #14
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Production is a funny thing, in 2012 four hives going into the winter. I lost one in the winter, then one in the summer of 2013 (this used to be very rare, but is becoming more common now). The two hives did almost nothing in 2013, and I had less than 60 pounds. This year the weather wasn't great, yet they went like gangbusters - this might be our biggest year.

Good luck with the winter, losing hives is always painful for hobbyists like us. I have been fortunate and only had one year with nothing left after winter. I have been very fortunate with swarms - they seem to swarm a lot when I am around (or else as my wife says they swarm a huge number of times and I am only around for a few, lol). Swarm catching in a good location is the opposite of losing a hive, it is a huge thrill.

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