Re: Neighbor Throwing Down the Gaunlet On My Bees
Haha, I love all the BS stories and excuses to give people. I like to BS every now and then when I'm doing a removal. But usually I stick to the facts. I essentially offer a free honeybee class while I do the removal. People are always fascinated, and want to tell their friends about me (and my service!).
Anyway, I also enjoy the life of beekeeping in the "gray" area. I live in an HOA that does not have any restrictions on beekeeping. However, you can't keep seemingly harmless animals like chickens. They have a clause built into the HOA rules that anything considered "unsafe" can be required to be fixed/removed. Weeds in the yard fall under the "unsafe" category.
So I'm running a small beekeeping service company out of my back yard (also illegal by the rule of "no home businesses"). I have the full support of my neighbors. As of last night's removal I'm up to 7 colonies out back, with at least one more by the end of the week. I'm working to plant tall thick foliage along the back fence to deter nosy noses. My property backs up to a power line easement, and then a wide strip of woods. Technically, it's private property managed by the HOA, so technically no one is ever supposed to be back there to see anything. So if anyone reports me I can just ask why they were trespassing, and peaking through my fence.
Currently there is no mention at all in my HOA rules against beekeeping, however, there are none for it either. There's also no rule about keeping a milk cow out back, but I know that would never fly! I do have resources lined up in case they ever do decide to bust my chops and make me move the hives. Since there is no mention in the rules about beekeeping at all, I suppose it falls into that gray area, where the HOA can make up a rule on the fly.
One package to 4 hives in 3 months. After 12 months I'm over a dozen hives and growing. Head over heels for bees!!!