Calling all Alabama beekeepers: No comb law...yes or no?
Would like to hear from anyone regarding Alabama's no comb law:
Section 2-14-4(a) "...All shipments or movements of honeybees into the State of Alabama shall be in combless packages only, and shipments or movements of honeybees into this state in violation of the requirements of this section shall be unlawful."
Section 2-14-5 - "Shipment, movement, etc., into state of used beekeeping equipment or supplies. It shall be unlawful to ship, move or otherwise transport into this state for delivery within the state any previously used honey containers or any hives, combs, frames, appliances, supers or other beekeeping equipment or supplies which have been previously used in the keeping or raising of bees..."
This is designed to prevent the spread of disease caused by migratory beekeepers moving through the state enroute to Ca or Fla.
But it also hurts small scale beekeepers and hobbyists who conciously try hard to keep their bees disease free. Let me have the state apiarist inspect my bees and if they're diseased, then I'll not cross the state line, but don't have a state law which hurts the guy or girl trying to do right.
I feel sorry for the Vermont beekeepers who imported southern packages and got an outbreak of small hive beetles, previously unknown there.
Last edited by fatscher; 10-11-2010 at 10:18 AM.
Reason: proper quoting of verbiage of law
"...the most populous colonies ...are provided by queens ...in the year following their birth." Brother Adam