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CliffDale 

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I was just reading an internet site and on the list of things to do in April is remove the mouse guard.

Is this the right thing to do?

I'm expecting a nuc of bees soon, should I fit a mouse guard to protect the hive?

I'm not quite sure what is best after reading different information.

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Mine are off as soon as the weather warms to the point of strongly flying bees most days.

None on now as bees will not be clustering tightly - so much brood to nurture. Ymmv.

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You wont have to worry about putting on a mouse guard untill late autumn
 

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On my mind was to restrict the entrance since the hives will only be 5 frame nucs. I thought a mouse guard would help bees defend and guard the entrance.

What will be a good opening size at the entrance if no mouse guard is in place?
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Just use the entrance block/reducer Cliff,as the colony grows you can just leave one end slightly open before removing it altogether.
 

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Two or three inches is good until it looks congested, then make it a bit wider.

Almost forgot Net sites can be dodgy. ;)

PH
 

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