This morning, I got a strange visit from the county code enforcement. I live in a small mountain community and have as what is a very rural home with a smal back yard, behind that is miles upon miles of national forest. My hives sit in my back yard to the north. To the south is a nasty neighbor I have not heard from in a few years, but apparently he called code enforcement on me. Who knew that an amateur beekeeper had to have 20,000 square feet of property to keep a single hive. So, code enforcement says the bees have to go.
No big deal, the commercial beek that has been helping me is perfectly willing to share his farms with me for a place for my bees to live. Although I am sufficiently annoyed about the matter I might just end up giving my bees and wooden ware away to him. So, apparently CCD is not the only reason bees are scarce in the county, the county's land use laws also play a part in it. Wild hive in my tree would have been OKAY! But because they are kept in a wooden box BY ME is not.