You don't need my permission. What I meant by feel free, was in good conscience, and honesty. After you've fully educated your customers since you are very passionate about that.
promise i'm not trying to play gotcha here, but i have raised this question a time or two and no one has touched it yet.
the question is 'how benign (or not) to the colony is just the practice of keeping them in a hive?'
maybe a good topic for a new thread.......
Let's start new threads instead of keeping this one going.
I generally don't like to post our powerpoint slides...they are just the outline for a talk, and are easy to misinterpret. This is a version of what we talk about to bee clubs when they want to hear about treatment free beekeeping. There is too much here for me to commit to answering every question, or clarify every point...it is generally done in 1.5 hours, but probably deserves 4.
Very nice, Dean!
One question. Your definitioin excludes feeding with sugar syrup. As a first year beekeeper this year, I had to feed a late summer cutout. I had no honey available for feeding, so of course I used sugar. My preference is to avoid feeding whenever possible and to feed honey, if necessary, but it just wasn't possible. I don't feel like I am breaking any treatment free standards by feeding these bees sugar syrup. Have I violated your principles by doing this?
We don't feed sugar. We recommend that a new package should be fed sugar...I would say the same for a late season cutout that needs food. We use honey for these things (packages this year each got a deep frame of honey), but unless you have your own honey to use, I don't recommend it.
Again, there are simply too many things that are only hinted at in the slides to address them all, or to address them in depth. ...my intention of posting it is mostly to show that in order to discuss what we are doing, you really need 4 hours...unless you can talk real fast :) ...and that what we are talking about is far, far from "toss 'em in a box and leave 'em alone".