@Auburn - More great information, thanks. I've really been torn over the issue of whether to try and winter my bees or not. I value @Chikn 's advice highly and he suggests I just take my honey and start over, and I'd pretty much planned to do that. but now that I've sort of lost my chance to borrow a centrifuge and I'm finding out how hard it is to harvest by hand, and since (believe it or not) I actually use very, very little honey myself, I might just make do with what I just harvested and just leave my bees in there with whatever honey is left (approximately 8 frames full I'd guess). I'm not going to put any serious work or even feed over the winter, and using phil's logic I'm not going to be very disappointed if my hive dies out over the winter and I have to start over. Remember, I already have one empty hive so I know I'm going to have to buy at least one package anyway. I also hope to do some more reading over the winter so I won't be so totally ignorant about bee keeping.
@clarkinks, that was great info as well. I had no idea you could buy an extractor for under $150 so I'm gona seriously look into that. I certainly don't need much of one with only 2 hives, and honestly- even though I've really been enjoying bee keeping- I doubt I'll ever want more than 2 hives.
I also loved hearing your estimated yield. But I'm not sure I can break that down to frames and I really wish I could since I just harvested my first full frame and am very curious about whether I got a lot or a little for my frame.
I got 1.5 quarts of honey out of the one frame. It was a standard size. I think I wasted a fair bit, too. Any idea if that is a lot, a little, or about average? If you get 2.5 gallons per box, I THINK that would mean 2.5 gallon x 4 quarts per gallon = 10 quarts per box. Right? ANd if you have 10 frames per box, then you are getting about 1 quart per frame. Right? If so, my 1.5 quarts from my 1 frame was a really good yield??????? Am I doing that right?