A cut out in late-June yielded a small number of bees, maybe 1 lb., and the queen. Their build up was poor so a frame of capped brood was added to the nuc on August 3 to help them out. I pulled the frame last Saturday (8/10) and took a few photos. This is one of them. I do not like what I see in the photo. Notice the Varroa mite (upper left), capped cells have been opened, brood being pulled out (left-middle), an empty queen cell, and a few bees have their front wings unhooked from the back ones (right).
Here's my plan of action. Your comments/recommendations are appreciated.
1. Varroa mites: Treat with powder sugar.
2. "K" wing and poor build up: Requeen. With any luck the queen cell will be filled and they will produce their own.
I'm not sure what to do about the capped brood being removed. I looked at some of the brood and no mites were observed, so I'm not sure what to do about the brood being pulled out. There were 20-30 on the bottom of the nuc. Any suggestions?
Inspection Pic 1.jpg