Re: Raise bees indoors over winter?
It would not even have to be a true observation hive, but the idea is the same. Block off the bottom board entrance and drill a 2" hole in the lower back of a hive body. Use a piece of 1-1/2" PVC pipe as an entrance tube and place the hive near the window you will use. A piece of plywood with a hole serves to block off the rest of the open window. Insert a piece of hardware cloth the length of the pipe so the bees have something to crawl on. PVC pipe is really slick inside. Instant indoor hive. Obviously you will need to screen off the inner cover too so bees don't get out when you refill the jar feeder. Or better yet, replace the plywood filler of the inner cover with a piece of plexi so you can check on them without opening things up.
I had actually thought about doing this but the wife said it was a really bad idea if I wanted to stay married.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.