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couldnt help myself, had to sit with them for a bit, was almost tempted to remove the mouseguard, they were a bit congested for a while
Oodles of pollen coming in, guess i wont need the pollen pattie if this keeps up.

I expect we will all have been to the bees today.
 
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I only managed a couple of pics yesterday,here's one below:
 

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Nice pic Admin.

Is that pollen on the mouse gaurd I can see? Maybe it is nearly time for mouse gaurds off?

I think at least I need to remove my reduced entrance blocks.
 

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Yes it is Jim,that was my thoughts as well.

Dan Saf I think the worst of our frosts should be over.

Also I want to move the hives forward a couple of feet because the bushes behind grow fast and last year I had to get the strimmer to them,they also contain blackberry and the thornes catch my veil thats nylon.
 

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I was going to ask when most remove theirs, will take mine off sometime over the next two weeks.
 

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Well my garden was like heathrow airport today the girls were very busy bringing in orange and a pale white pollen.
 

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We are still getting some very cold nights,so best to leave the guards for a bit longer. loads of pollen comming in today
 

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Forcast is for a frost on Saturday night in the south.
 

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I have a feeling that the timing of taking the mouse guards off is not as critical as putting them on.

- fewer mice around now, so doesn't matter too much if they're off early
- bees have got used to negotiating the guards, so late is OK too

I have one colony with 7 seams of bees and a lot of activity, so its guard came off on Sunday. The others are at 4-5 seams and I'll leave these ones with their guards for a couple of weeks yet.

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7 seems,thats a big hive Gavin,is that young bees as well or a large cluster from last year?
 

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I haven't pulled any frames but I think that it has been raising brood for a while because I had a glass crown board on until a couple of weeks ago which was running with condensation. Its neighbour died out (failed queen I believe) and I know that it has been helping itself to their stores - maybe their bees too!

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