We want to raise a few queens this year and are working on making a breeder hive for confinement of the queen.
Seems like which ever queen rearing method you choose, keeping her where you want her is going to make all easier. Even when using one of the kits, she would be easier to find.
Reading Jay Smith's "Better Queens"(thanks MB), we have fashioned a three frame compartment into a ten frame deep. Without the benefit of pics of the inside of the breeder hive in the book, this is what we envisioned:
Now working on the partial frames(wood filled) as he describes.
Does this look like what Mr. Smith was describing?
Any other suggestions?