The Warré hive was invented by Abbé Émil Warré, and is also called “ruche populaire” or “The People’s Hive” .
The Warré hive is a modular and storied design similar to a Langstroth hive.
The hive body is made of boxes stacked vertically, however it uses Top Bars for comb support instead of full frames.
Popularity of this hive is growing among sustainable practice beekeepers.
The Warre hive differs from other stacked hive systems in one fundamental aspect: when the bees need more space as the colony expands, the new box is “nadired”. i.e. positioned underneath the existing box(es). This serves the purpose of warmth retention within the brood nest of the hive, considered vital to colony health.