I figure I want an observation hive, and I want a breeder queen to have limited laying space so she lasts longer. Can you combine the two with good results? (I'm thinking 6 deep frames)
If I made an observation hive with an easy-access door so I could put in and remove comb for her to lay up every now and then, would there be any big problems with keeping my 'beauty queen' indoors?
Also, about breeder queen colonies in general... do you put a queen exluder on so she can't swarm just in case (or die under the hive if she's clipped), and let the drones live life inside the hive? Or let the drones fly free and check every week to be sure there's no queen cells?
If anyone can point me to a link for observation hive management in general, I'd appreciate it.