I think its probably the best thing to use local bee as well. When I start the topbar it will most likely be a swarm from one of our survivor hives here. I like the popsicle sticks, just didn't know about glue in the hive, I know beekeepers do it all the time though. Have any of you ever cut a grove and filled in with melted wax? I heard from somewhere it doesn't stick to the wood as well as when the bees do it and you have a higher chance of having collapsed comb.