Now, who isn’t a beekeeper who at the beginning of the season has a few hives, and at the end has, oh, a few more? Summer splits, swarms, you know, that sort of thing? It keeps us all busy making woodenware, equalizing hives and generally dreaming of just one more box of honey.
But what about the case of a New York man who it turns out ended up on the wrong side of both his neighbours and the New York Health Department for the fact he had 45 unregistered hives in his suburban Queens yard.
Yes, 45. In other words, more than four times the number of hives ambitious hobbyists sometimes have, and more than 10 times the number most Metro Vancouver municipalities permit under their bylaws. Here’s Vancouver’s rules for urban beekeeping.
The beekeeper, Yi Gin Chen, admits his hobby has “gotten out of hand”. But what gets me is the comment from his daughter, who objected to health authorities coming in and taking the unregistered hives.
“This is ridiculous,” said his daughter. “They come here without our permission and just took them away from us.”