OK so I have a problem with deformed bees being thrown out of the hive, but first lemme lay out some background.
A. this is my first season and I captured a feral swarm and installed them into a empty hive.
B. last time I inspected the hive I did some serious brood damage by scrapping down 2 of the frames top to bottom... leaving larve exposed and hanging out.
C. I have not treated for mites at all, nor have I seen any.
these bees have 1 or two undeveloped wings and sometimes have undeveloped eyes. I have seen a total of 8 of these bees below the hive. I've also noticed a considerable size difference between some of the worker bees.
and before i get comments about B such as, "yeah, dont do that." lemme explain what happened.
So there is two deep bodies and when I picked up the top hive body full of honey the frames from the bottom hive body were attached by bur comb. I did not realize until I had lifted them out and already done substantial damage to the brood inbetween the top and bottom frames and the frames that got scratched as they were lifted out. It was a bee tragedy. not to mention, whatever rope i was burning seemed to kill the bees also... this was a LEARNING experience.
1.) would the bees just cover the exposed brood after being uncapped and damaged?
2.) is it necessary to test for a possible varroa mite infestation this first year?
3.) I have a screen bottom board now, but where do i get this sticky mite trap board im hearing about? I cant seem to find them in the online stores. is there anything I can just pickup from lowes?