Treatment/Treatment Free is a circular debate. I think everyone would love to be treatment free. I also think that there are some people that see it as irresponsible to watch a hive dwindle. Soloman, If one was to take the treatment free approach from square one, buy 5 local nuc's or packages whatever to get started, and they all crashed, how would you suggest one replace the bees to start again? We dont all have swarms on the doorstep.
I think everyone wants to have a sustainable apiary and never have to buy bees. Screaming "don't buy bees" is counter productive. Perhaps you never bough a bee, but I doubt that's the case. We all had to start somewhere.
I am doing my best to keep my bees alive and free of treatments, All of my current hives are led by queens raised off of original VSH stock open mated to feral drones. They are doing well at the moment, and my hopes are high. I don't think that means if it looked like my whole yard was crashing, I would not take action and try to save them and continue to get more of the local genes working on the next round of queens.
At the end of the day we are managing our bees. There are different management styles in all aspects of Farming, as in Life. To each his own. Belittling someone because they take a different path, solves no mysteries. Also, whats up with the random question mark? Makes it a little hard to read your posts. Good Luck to all. G
I have no idea where the question marks came from. They were apostrophes when I typed them.
See, I hear something like "I'm doing everything I can to stay treatment-free" and all I can think is, "there's a misunderstanding here." That statement is an oxymoron. You don't do a bunch of things to be treatment free. The bees do treatment free. Doing everything to stay treatment free is simply not treating and letting the bees handle it.
Yes, I bought bees, in 2003, 20 packages. Like Michael says, I wanted to be treatment free, so I did what was necessary to make it happen. I worked really hard and saved my money. I researched morning noon and night. And most of all, I found a model and followed it. So much failure in this field comes from people who start out on their own and don't follow the model of those who have already succeeded.