well, it was cold and I forgot my camera(doh)
but now I'm not so sure that my original plan of cutting up some brood to fit the hive and hoping for the bees to make a queen is all that good.

I'm mainly worried about the cutting bit -- it might take too long and I end up with dead brood?

Would it be better to wait and hope for a swarm? And if the brood stuff is ok, anything that I have to take into account that is different to a normal langstroth procedure?

We're thinking of using some wire to fasten the brood to the top bars, after cutting it so that it'll fit.