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  1. #1
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    Default PA bee law and the warre hive

    I found this copy of the pa bee law at
    http://www.pastatebeekeepers.org/pdf/paBeeLaw.pdf
    Bee Law (Act of December 12, 1994, P.L.
    903, No. 131)(3 Pa.C.S.A. 2101 2117).

    It says
    (c) Hives.-- No person shall keep or maintain honeybees in any hive other than a
    modern movable frame hive which permits thorough examination of every comb to
    determine the presence of bee disease. All other types of hives or receptacles for bees
    which are in use are hereby declared to be a public nuisance and a menace to the
    community, and the secretary, the chief apiary inspector or any apiary inspector may
    seize and destroy the hive or receptacle without remuneration to the owner.

    Am I a menace to society for keeping bees in a warre hive? My bars are not glued in place they are held in place with a single brad. I was thinking about going with the bar and a half design, where it looks like a upside down u, with a streight bar for the top and two smaller half sized bars on the sides. Will this, would this prevent my hive from being destroyed by an inspector?

    Has anyone else run into this problem?

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    Default Re: PA bee law and the warre hive

    The law is specific about "movable frame" hive, something all top bar hives are NOT. I'm not in Pennsylvania, or a state with such backward laws for that matter, but I would be careful to ensure your Warre combs are as straight as possible. This will probably require a more "hands-on" approach, and will certainly require the use of guides on your bars. Half frames could certainly help.

    Best,
    Matt

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    Default Re: PA bee law and the warre hive

    I have to bar hives and they are inspected every year. The inspector has not complained. But all mine are movable and inspectable. If you have combs which are not, then I would correct that before the inspector shows up. If they are not inspectable you are in violation of the law.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: PA bee law and the warre hive

    Thank you both. This spring when I put my boxes under for the warre, Ill make sure I put in the proper bars with guides.

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    Default Re: PA bee law and the warre hive

    You may also consider a half frame.

    http://warre.biobees.com/denis.htm

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    Default Re: PA bee law and the warre hive

    Bush84. That was what I was planning on doing with the bars I have in place. Any ideas on a strong way to attach them together. I am wondering if they need to be glued along with nails(air brad nailer).

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