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This hive just keeps getting bigger it's the middle of winter drone cells and so much brood they where beading out the front so had a look on a nice warm day I knew it was packed before I opened it up did not think it was this full 6 frames of capped brood
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I have a similar hive, lots of brood and also lots of varroa that comes with it, I have to do another treatment this Saturday.

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I believe went round most of my hives last weekend well the ones up our way and I have about 20 hives like this most where Feb splits had two boxes on them and removed the Queen excluders when I took out the strips. Most still have honey in them but they are laying in the second box so will need to keep a eye on them feed wise and varroa could be a problem . This winter is still not over yet so will see what comes so far I've lost one nuc that got mice in it was not that strong.

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[USER=3934]@Alexina[/USER] where are you based in West Melton there is so much pollen coming in it's like a spring day most days I've never seen the hives so busy at this time of the year even getting small amount of nectar

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The danger is that the hives burn out before spring as nectar becomes scarce. They should be clustering and conserving stores. Not active raising brood, equals more mouths to feed. Gonna have to keep an eye on them. I predict some very hungry hives this spring.

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Yes this is very different to most years where we normally have no brood over winter and if we get a wet spring well ?

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Nice Glynn, no idea of the state of most of our hives as I don't want to disturb them at this stage, so I can't compare, but I'd say most of ours are what you would expect in terms of brood, I'm sure there are a few exceptions.

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Amazing to see for this time of the year. Would be interested to see how this hive goes over spring / summer

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