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Author Topic: Top Bar Hive Illegal in Ohio? No.  (Read 2028 times)
jeremy_c
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« on: June 08, 2009, 09:39:17 AM »

Just to clear up some confusion, on the thread "My First Apiary" there was a concern/thought that a Top Bar Hive was against the law at least in Ohio. I emailed my local inspector and they didn't think so. For everyone's benefit who may have the same misinformation, here is an email directly from the Ohio State inspector:

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No top bar hives are not illegal in Ohio. Care has to be taken during manipulation as the new combs are delicate and may fall off the top bar.

Andrew Kartal
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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2009, 10:10:03 AM »

Glad you're legal! This brings up another question--How do you all find out if you need to register hives or not in your state, and what the laws are concerning beekeeping in your state? I realize it's a bit of a late date for me to be asking this question, seeing as I've had 2 hives now for a month... tongue
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2009, 01:16:24 PM »

I did a google for Ohio Department of Agriculture Apiary, it happened to be the first link that took me to where I can search/find the laws. I did a search just now for Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Apiary and it came up with a few links as well, the first one being: Wisconsin Department of Agriculture - Apiary.

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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2009, 03:20:09 PM »

Thanks much! I'm off to find out if I'm legal and legit  grin
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2009, 04:02:33 PM »

I found out through my bee club, the president there is our county inspector as well but he said registering your hives is optional.
I have found most of the members in my club didn't bother to register their hives.
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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2009, 06:38:12 PM »

Here in Ohio it's mandatory to register your hives. You can sign a form and deny permission for inspections, however. I am unsure what has to happen if you sell honey, it may be totally different.

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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2009, 07:01:52 PM »

Correct me if I am wrong.
Federal law allows anything that has movable/removable frames so the hive can be properly inspected.
Sate laws may differ.
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