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Origins of the Warré hive
This style of hive was designed by the French Monk Abbé Warré in the late 19th/early 20th century. After many years of research, he felt that this was the ideal bee hive for its efficiency and ease of construction. He called it the “People’s Hive.”
About the Warré hive
- Each Warré box is the equivalent of a 5 frame nucleus, or one half of a ten frame deep Langstroth box.
- Empty boxes or “supers” are generally added to a Warré at the bottom, rather than at the top, allowing the bees to continue building comb downward, in the same manner as in a natural setting.
- Honey is harvested using a crush and strain method.
- There are no frames – just movable top bars, which allows the bees to make greater use of the entire interior of the bee hive, thus reducing unnecessary air space.
- Using a series of smaller boxes stacked vertically, consisting of 8 combs, it is thought that this more closely mimics a honey bee hive in nature
Features of the Warré-style bee hive from House of Bees:
- The inner cover, or quilt box, serves as an insulated top and also holds a feeder jar
- The base includes a screened bottom board
- Top bars include a beveled bottom for the bees to attach their comb
- The wooden roof has vents
- The plans include an optional observation window
Important notes about quantity of hive bodies:
- The minimum size hive to start with includes the roof, feeder, 2 hive bodies and base. Note that if you start a colony with only one hive body, they will likely abandon the hive, as it is not enough volume.
- You’ll want to have additional hive bodies ready as your bees will need additional room as the colony grows.