next time you get a hive like this that doesn't build up you can try doing a fumidil drench a couple of times, has been known to clear up many problems.It was a small cluster. I just want to make sure it’s NOT nosema so I know what to do with the equipment in terms of sanitizing. They were not productive and I combined them with another hive that went queen less in the fall. In October they were two very full deeps of bees. Lots of stores in the hive.