I want to start by thanking Michael, Dennis, Clint and the many others who I believe have done so much of the research and incurred the expense of it. They willingly share their results be it good or bad.
This will be my first year of moving all my hives to:
1. Clean new wax
2. No chemicals to date
3. Replacing queens with queens from swarms from known feral hives, or queens bred from those swarms.
I as of yet do not know how this will play out, but I can only think that this 3 fold approach can help. I used the swarms that I knew to have come from feral hives (I have gotten swarms from these hives for several years) to build 4.9 wax foundation as well as combs from strips.
I have not measured for cell size as this is not the important thing for me, the important thing is to get away from chemicals.
I cannot honestly say using any chemical is ok for me, as I just do not want my kids to ingest anymore chemicals than they already are. I think that honey producers who say it is ok to use chemicals are thinking not of the people eating the honey but of the quick profit.
Again, I applaud all those who have made it a much simpler decision to do this.
\"I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree<br />And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made<br />nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee<br />and live alone in the bee-loud glade.\"<br />-- WB Yeats