In light of my bear visit this year and my recent "opportunity" to start over fresh, I have been tossing around the idea of setting up hives inside my barn. I'm looking for comments, ideas, and "I tried that and it was a disaster" input. I have a big old bank barn. On the main floor there are two small enclosed rooms that were for grain storage. They are on the non-bank side, so are one story off the ground. One is in the NW corner and has one medium-sized west-facing window, so it gets afternoon sun in part of the room, and is facing the prevailing weather. The other in the NE corner, with two small north-facing windows. The east side is shaded by trees. The barn is unheated, uninsulated, and has no electric. The initial thought was to set the hives up sort of like observation hives, with a tube or something to the outside. I could screen the upper ventilation openings to keep them from getting out inside the barn. Unfortunately, this precludes me from ever opening the boxes to inspect, since I have never been able to get all the ladies to go back in the box before I close the lid. As you can see, this is not thought through yet. My biggest questions right now are: How do you do this and allow hive inspection, but not end up with bees in the room that die trying to figure out how to get through glass windows? Even if there is an opening, insects tend to go to the light. Will the lack of direct sunshine on the hives be a problem? Which would be the better location? Thanks in advance for any and all input!