Warré's book, Beekeeping For All, is very thorough and informative and gives good instruction. Unfortunately, it is also quite lengthy, and due to the fact that it has been translated (from french) and edited several times, it can be somewhat confusing for many readers. What we have attempted to do here is use information compiled from the 12th edition of the book (published in 1948) to explain and simplify the Warré technique and also to dispel some of the common myths and misconceptions that many have about Emile Warré, his hives, his ideas and his methods.
Over the years, Warré's ideas about beekeeping have been distorted and, for the most part, limited to only one principal; that bee hives should never, ever be disturbed unless one is enlarging the hive or harvesting honey...period. Although it is true that Warré found the intrusiveness of modern beekeeping methods to be a threat to the long-term health and well-being of honeybees, one needs to understand that Warré's real concern was that some beekeepers using framed hives were spending way too much time inspecting and manipulating the brood chambers of those hives. It is only to the frequency of the inspections and to the manipulating of the brood chamber that he truly objected.
So, let's take a look at the real Warré philosophy, shall we? Remember that Warré refers to his own hive as "The People's Hive".