Finsky, I am still astounded that one hive can bring in 400 pounds of honey, I remember you said that your honeyflow was only 3 weeks long.
This case was 2 summers ago. I feeded my hives with pollen patty and warmed with terrarium heaters. That is why my best hive got 140 lbs honey in June. Then I brought hive to fireweed fields and it got there the rest of yield.
Normally our yield period is 3 weeks, but sometimes more. Last summer it was 6 weeks. That means that my hives must be ready to hit when time is evident.
I also remember something about you had boxes over 4 high, correct, I am too lazy right now to look up previous posts. I gathered probably 300 pounds of honey from my 10 hives, that reduced down to 5 due to varroa illness. Great day, Cindi
I have had varroa 20 years. It is not problem at all. It doest not restrict my hive size or yield.
When main yield begins hives must be 6 boxes high. If not, I put together weak hives.
4 box hive is not able to gather yield from canola. It will be stuck during one week. I work 100 miles away my hives and I cannot watch them all the time.
When I started my beekeeping I bought swarms. Then I noticed that minimun hive, which is able to handle brood and honey at same time is 2 langstroth boxes. It is 8 lbs bees.
The secret of 6 box hive or two 4 box hive is that in main yield two hives have more brood and less foragers. When you put two together, they have one hive brood and two hive foragers.
In our pastures hive may bring honey 15 labs per day. It needs only good pastures and not too much hives in same place.
Our bees fly 8-6 hours per day. Morning and evenings are cold and they do not fly all the time.