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To much pollen ??????

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How much pollen is too much in spring? Most of my hives have already filled out a deep frame both sides should I let them continue gathering or place pollen traps total pollen amounts to 100-150 grams per day and growing
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There is a lot to be said about pollen. A colony consumes about 1 pound a day (453 g) a day just to maintain brood.

In the spring, there is usually an abundance of pollen and putting a pollen trap is a good idea. You can store the collected pollen in the freezer or ferment it with lactic acid bacteria and store it at room temperature. If you are using a pollen trap, keep it 3 days on, 3 days off to allow drone flight and to avoid starving out the colony.

The drawbacks of pollen are that the bees will not move it after it is stored (unlike honey). Pollen storage can quickly plug up a brood nest, so keep an eye on it. You can store pollen frames in the freezer, too. They come handy when you are raising queens, for example. Also, pollen needs to be relatively close to brood as nurse bees will not go very far to look for it.
You may want to take a look at this thread regarding pollen collection and the use of pollen traps
I had been thinking close to that but I was going to do 2days on and 2 off freezing isn't a problem as I have a huge chest freezer
Wait, just one frame??? My bees will have a full box of pollen at times. The bees know what to do with it and they need to have ample stores of pollen in case of bad weather etc...
Well they technically have way more but I cycle the frames a lot between nucs and swarms so I leave them pretty much just what they need then I place in more this is also an excuse to open my hive more often I'm like obsessed with bees :) :)
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