No comb has been drawn at all. The bees inside the box just sat there cooling themselves. If they began to utilize the hive box now it would be August or September before they had brood in it. So late in the year what would I do with them over winter.
I'm not looking to get free bees; not that such a thing exists. But to acquire their genetics. So I'll need enough bees to produce their own queen. Not something a few frames of bees can do in the middle of Winter. I'd need to combine them with another hive. Then I'd lose the genetics. Not the point of the project.
It would be a lot more work for a colony that has been a great effort to capture. All the while yielding no success. So i called it right then and there.
If the colony is still there next February I'll try again. I broke down all the equipment and brought it home. They're good bees and I'd like to get them but this is not the year for it. I did learn a few tricks so it's not a total waste of time.