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Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
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Wildflower_VA
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Location: USA, VA, Shenandoah Valley

PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 8:55 pm    Post subject: Re: newbie thinking about starting a hive Reply with quote

kateowp wrote:
Hi all,
I'm not in the Shenandoah (in Richmond VA) but hoping for some help. Does anyone know if Warre hives are "legal" in VA? I saw that state law requires beekeepers to "provide movable frames with combs or foundation in all hives"- does this exclude Warre? I was thinking of applying to the beekeeping grant fund for hive $ but saw that in order to be eligible I must purchase a hive box (not a problem), frames (guessing a top bar doesnt count), and foundation (sigh). Has anyone been able to use the VA Beehive Grant Program to buy a Warre hive?
Thanks,
Kate

Warre and horizontal top-bar hives are legal in Virginia. When they wrote the law, they only considered conventional hives because there are so few top-bar beekeepers. The top-bar is essentially the "frame" and is moveable so that the whole hive can be inspected. Not that there is much chance that your hive will ever be inspected. (Moreso if you get a grant because you have to register your hive.)

As for the grant, there is little grant money each year to be given out and from what I hear the grant money has usually ran dry by the first week in January. I don't know anyone personally that has managed to get a grant. My brother over in Fluvanna County has tried for the last three years without success.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 9:15 pm    Post subject: Re: newbie thinking about starting a hive Reply with quote

Thanks for the info! Bummer about the grant $$ being scarce, but I guess I should have expected that. Is there a good place to get used (read cheaper) hives in Virginia? Nothing on Craig's List that I could see and I have no DIY carpentry abilities.
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Wildflower_VA
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Location: USA, VA, Shenandoah Valley

PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 9:35 pm    Post subject: Re: newbie thinking about starting a hive Reply with quote

kateowp wrote:
Thanks for the info! Bummer about the grant $$ being scarce, but I guess I should have expected that. Is there a good place to get used (read cheaper) hives in Virginia? Nothing on Craig's List that I could see and I have no DIY carpentry abilities.
Don't know about buying hives, since I build mine myself or with my contractor brother in Fluvanna. I have horizontal top-bars, though. Never had a Warre. I wouldn't be comfortable with a used hive, anyway. Too much risk of diseases and such. Even new top-bar hives I have seen locally are cheaply built and quite expensive.
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Uncle Hoss
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello all, I see most all of the posts here are from 2014, but I figured I would go ahead and post anyway in hopes that some of you all are still around. I am in Rockingham County and would love to connect with other bee keepers in the area (especially those running TBH). I built a TBH last winter and caught a swarm this spring. Things have been going well so far.
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