I'm putting the finishing touches on an observation hive that I hope to have in use this spring. The basic plan is from Bonterra drawings, wall mount swinging hive, that I have adapted for medium frames. I plan to mount it in a spare bed room with the entrance at the SE corner of the house. The location will put the hive on the south wall of the room, between windows, to protect it from direct sunlight.
My next step is deciding how to install a colony in the hive. I want to try going foundationless and it seems like the observation hive might be the place to begin. I'm thinking that this would be a good opportunity to watch everything start from scratch. My first thought is to install two nice frames of brood with eggs and let the bees raise their own queen. Good idea...bad idea... stupid idea? I'd appreciate any thoughts or suggestions.
Also, wondering if ayone has adapted a jar feeder to a Bonterra design hive? Thanks!