The meadows provide your hive an hourly honey supply. How much this is depends on how many free bees you have available in your hive. Free bees are the bees which have not been trained as gatherer, attacker, defender, spy, saboteur or guard bee. These free bees go to the meadows every minute for your hive and thus provide the basic supply for your beehive.
The more free bees you have, the higher is your hourly meadow production.
Also, the expansion stage of your meadows determines the amount of the basic supply. The higher the meadows are expanded, the higher the honey production is.
Therefore, you have to find the balance which will provide the best honey production.
Similarly, each hive has a guaranteed honey production of 100 honey per hour from its meadows, so you can never sink to the value 0. That way you can still secure the survival of your hive, even when some building and expanding has gone wrong.
There is an exception, however. If you have not logged in for a longer time your meadow production will be reduced by 10 percent every day, even down to zero, so your hive can not be farmed any longer.
(0.12 factor * free worker bees * (sum of all stages of expansion of the meadows / 4)) + 100 = hourly meadow
(0.12 factor * 250 free worker bees * (level 4 + level 3 + level 7 + level 6) / 4) + 100 = 250 honey
|Tip:||Try to keep your meadow production low if your are not online often enough to spend the honey or don’t have defenders in your hive. Because once attackers observe that there is a lot of honey to steal it will be difficult to get rid of them again.
On the other hand, it makes sense for you to expand your meadows if you come online frequently and therefore can squander your honey quickly.