This page has been added because nearly all of our competitors are doing something misleading in their advertising. We keep seeing statements like "the top bars are removable to comply with most/all state and local beekeeping laws" when referring to their Warré hives. Maybe they don't understand what most states require as far as "movable frames" or "modern hives". The most likely reason they're doing this, we think, is that they don't want to put in the time and effort that it takes to make custom frames for use in Warrés, as we have done here at Teakwood Organics with our 50-state compliant (really) modified Warré hives.
Look, we don't care how you keep your bees so long as they're healthy. The fact is, most states in this country have laws that require beekeepers to use beehives that allow for an inspector to open them up, take them apart, inspect comb, brood, etc. and then put them back together. Specifically, fixed-comb hives, such as skeps or Warré vertical top bar hives, are not permitted whether their top bars are fastened to the hive body or not. Michigan, by the way, is not one of those states. If Michiganders want to keep their bees in a skep, it's perfectly legal. We prefer Warré hives. That being said, if you use a Warré hive that does not have frames, your bees will affix the combs not only to the top bars, but also to the walls of the hive. No inspector will be able to disassemble that hive without causing major destruction. Therfore, simply omitting the mechanical fastening of the top bars to the hive bodies does not make that hive compliant with all or even most states' laws.
As previously stated, we don't care how you choose to keep your bees, so long as they're healthy. Your state's apiary inspector may not even care, or he or she may care very much. You should call and ask. You should know what the legal requirements are in your state before you buy, so that you can make a decision that you are prepared to live with. Don't be fooled into believing that any top bar hive is legal everywhere in the U.S. so long as the top bars aren't nailed down, because that is definitely not true.