I am a newer beekeeper. I live in Central Florida. A friend told me about a hive in a tree that the HOA wanted gone. I said I would look. I tried a previous trap out in a house, and had no success. About 6 weeks ago, I went up in the tree, mounted a stand ofr a nuc box, added a trap out cone and waited. Went back 2 weeks later, and they had found a new hole. There was no activity in my nuc box. Sealed the new hole, added some drawn comb and lemon grass to the nuc box, waited 2 weeks and came back to a large beard all around the old entrance, but no bees in my box. Sweetened my box again, this time dripping honey on the drawn comb and a bit more lemon grass oil. I went back yesterday, and found bees making comb and bringing in nectar on all 5 frames. There are no eggs or larva in the box. The bees have made 2 "supercedure" cells, but they are just cups.
There are bees that are going in an out of the trap out and back into the original hive, but not many. Any chance a bee will go back into the original hive and bring an egg to the new hive? I'm thinking the chances are not good.
At what point do I say, this is enough bees, i'll bring them down and go get a queen?
Any and all advice is greatly appreciated.
Hive and box in tree.jpg Hive in tree with nuc box installed
IMG_2769.jpg Close up of nuc box and trap out
Beard outside of box on 6-26-19.jpg Beard outside of box on 6-26-19
E Cell 7-9-19.jpg E cell in box on 7-9-19
Box when opened 7-9-19.jpg Inside of box on 7-9-19