I did check the hives, I was sure they would all be full and need extracting and I'd be busy jarring up tons of honey. I was wrong. Husband came out to help and he was a bit cranky with me as they really should have been checked regularly...and they weren't. But I think he was a bit surprised with how little honey there was in the hives. Out of 4 hives, 9 frames in each hive, we needed to extract only 8 frames. That is not good. Three frames from1 hive and 5 from another. Two hives were not doing very well so we left all the frames in them. Husband did check the bottom box on all 4 hives, said it looked like a couple had requeened themselves but that there was plenty of brood so that was good. He probably explained it all to me but I don't remember.
So all up we extracted a bit more than 10 kilos of honey. I jarred it up, cleaned up the stickiness in the extraction shed, this time right away, same day. So much easier! I have put the price of this lot up to $12 kilo because there is so little there, only 8 x1 kilo tubs and a few 400gm glass jars. Not much but if it all goes then it's still a decent wage for a few hours work.