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Offline rookie2531

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How many hives?
« on: October 14, 2014, 05:39:22 pm »
How many hives does one need to get approximately 100 lbs. Of wax per year and not be dentrimentral to bee growth?

Offline jayj200

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Re: How many hives?
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2014, 10:43:44 pm »
Good question. wax is far lighter than honey

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Re: How many hives?
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2014, 09:39:48 am »
Linda just had a post on a similar topic.  Here's her link:  http://beekeeperlinda.blogspot.com/2014/10/fun-and-facts-about-wax.html

She estimates 2 lbs of wax per medium 10 frame box.  For 100 lbs of wax, you'd need to pull 50 medium 10 frame boxes.  That number of frames would hold about 2000 lbs of honey [figuring 40 lbs of honey per medium 10 frame box.]
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Re: How many hives?
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2014, 01:33:40 pm »
Depending on the pastures you have and the flow, a ton of honey is probably between 50 and 100 hives and you harvesting all the wax...  I'd say 200 is a better bet if you are going to count on it...
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Re: How many hives?
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2014, 02:13:56 pm »
Thanks, Michael, for that follow-up.    I could do the math on the boxes and frames but had no idea how to put that in terms of colonies.   

And by then I was really curious.   Ya know?  :)
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