My hives have very different yields--why?

Q: I robbed my three hives which are all within 10 feet of each other. The annual yield is:

  • 2nd year hive, 5 frames

  • 1st year hive: 4 frames

  • Another 1st year hive, 20 frames

Why such differences?
C. Beach, MI

A: It’s all about the number and strength of the foragers and the need of feed for larvae in the hive. In other words, it is all about the queen. Over the years we’ve seen it all over the board in our yards and Kelley’s.

And another fun thing? You might think that 20-frame first year hive is your strongest, but our bees always like to surprise us with who survives over the winter and who does not!

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