Feeling good about the backyard hive, I just saw the queen. I didn’t look through all the frames since I work kind of slow and didn’t want to disturb them too much. But now that I know she is there, I think it is moving along in the right direction they have plenty of room to grow also and have been building comb fast!
As far as the trap out, I’ve been making some modifications, and I think I am getting results. I ended up attaching the funnel to the nuc box, with it extending inside the box so they can’t get back in. I am now seeing more what I expected, congregations of bees on the side of the house and they are also going in and out of the box a lot. Not just for checking out the food I had before.