I've been thinking about getting into some backyard semi-suburban beekeeping as a hobby, probably starting next spring.
I like to do a lot of research before I plunge into things, found information on top-bar hives and got even more interested (lower startup costs, less maintenence, more easily diy).
I was reading up on Virginia state law regarding beekeeping I discoved this: Â§ 3.1-610.10. Duty of keepers as to hives.:
Keep in mind that I am not a lawyer, but there seem to me to be 3 potential problems:It shall be the duty of all persons engaged in beekeeping to provide movable frames with combs or foundation in all hives used by them to contain bees, except for short periods, not to exceed the first spring honey flow, and to cause the bees in such hives to construct brood combs in such frames so that any of the frames may be removed from the hive without injuring other combs in such hive. It shall be the duty of any person keeping bees within the Commonwealth to securely and tightly close the entrance of any hive in apiaries not free from disease in which the bees shall have died either during the winter or at any other time, and to make the hive tight in such manner that robber bees cannot enter or leave such hive or obtain honey therefrom. The sealing of such hives must be maintained so long as the hives remain in the yard or in any place where honeybees can gain access to them.
(Code 1950, Â§Â§ 3-497, 3.1-602; 1966, c. 702; 1972, c. 499.)
It would also seem that based on the provided definition of "hive":
- No frames.</font>
- Bars may not have comb or foundation.</font>
- Adjacent combs may have to be removed to inspect brood, and may have to be "released" from the sides, resulting in "injury".</font>that a tbh may not even qualify as hive.(p) "Hive" means a movable frame hive with foundation used for a domicile for bees.
Or is my initial interpretation likely too strict? Thoughts? Opinions?