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I would as starting from 2.5 frames of bees they have a lot of growing to do and not many bees currently to do it. Pollen sub as well as syrup to draw out frames just keep an eye out they don't plug all the comb with syrup.
How spotty is your brood? Try looking at the open brood, see how well the larva are being fed. Are they loaded with jelly or do they just have a small puddle around them? What color are the larva (they should be pearly white)? Might want to try doing a mite wash. You could use powdered sugar or co2 method as to not sacrifice the nurse bees. Keeping the mites in check is going to be another key to getting these nucs to build up in time. Good luck bud
 
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