As I understand it this form is for all with an intrest in bees .. ... .... As for the 200 year thing ,,, I understand smoke was used 200 years ago ..YES .I use smoke so that means I'm Useing things from 200 years ago ... because it works for me........ thats what makes bee keeping intreasting ... what works for one may not bee the next persons thing ...... A lot of new Ideas do NOT work as good or better than the old BUT you seem to miss the point ,,,,, I have wanted bees from the age of 10 ,, at that time I lived were bees would not have been wecome ,,, 45 years later I now live were I can have bees ,,, but most of all things have changed in my life ,, so now I have them and can ENJOY having them ... surprising enough that my Wife , kids , grand kids are also enjoying them ,.... do I have 20 hives ??? NO !! But I do enjoy what hives I have ,YES. and that is why I have hives ,,not to make money ... I have to learn how to take care of a few ,, befor I can even think of having 20 ....you say ( In real life we have short of veterinary in Finland. They are using their time with pet cats and docs and they have not time to take care of farm animals. This forum has same problem.>>> One hive and she/he is a beekeeper.<<<< )
And that brings me to wounder ,, If no one helped you when you started ,,,,were and how did you learn ????? and are ALL your ways the new way ????? did you start with 20 hives ??
Were is the line to bee called a bee keeper 30 hives ----40 hives ??? maybe the one with 200 hives plus ,,,,, does not think 20 hives make you a bee keeper ...
just my 2 cents