"No Treatment" Study
Ok folks, here we go!
Allen Dick has just posted the thought that we need a new thread to get this study going. A suggestion was made that we do some sort of spreadsheet in order to do a scientific statistical analysis of the data posted. So if a spreadsheet is the way to go, help me out here.
Allen, I had thought about doing more of a narrative posting, as I'm not a statistician, and I'm not sure how data from 14-50 hives over a 6 year period would fit into all those little boxes. And I don't particularly want this to become a second job for me.
FIRST and FOREMOST! Everyone needs to realize I am NOT a scientist. I'm simply a beekeeper trying to become better at what I do with the bees. I have no desire to become commercial, nor to get a degree in beekeeping. I'm simply doing this as a sideliner to help us all out. If you don't like what Allen and I set up, then simply ignore the thread. Deal?
Now, regarding the parameters of the study:
- I plan to start at the beginning, when I bought my first two packages as I returned to beekeeping a few years back.
- I will post dates, and what I did with the hives.
- I do not have a scale, so I can't do weights at the hive.
- I will post harvested honey from each hive.
- (are you ready for this blasphemy?) I do not currently do mite counts. For my purposes, I see no point in it. If they die, they die, since I'm not going to treat for mites. If they die, I didn't want them anyway. It is possible, but not probable, I can be persuaded to change my mind. But only by reasoned, sound logic, and not accusing me of being an ignorant Neanderthal.
- I currently have 14 hives, as I've said before, going to 32-40 this year, and 50 next year or two.
- I do not plan to change my management practices, but will report on hive health and changes as I work towards my twin goals of honey production and increasing hive count.
- I believe the validity of this study lies in the fact that I am not, and will not treat for mites, and will simply report what is occurring in the normal activity of a sideliner beek.
- I will try to analyze and report when beekeeper error has killed a hive.
- If and when a hive dies, I will do what I can to post pictures, and we'll do a post-mortem. If someone insists that bees be diagnosed for trachael mites, if there's any testing expense involved, you can provide the funds. Same for varroa mites. Currently I examine dead bees in front of the hives for DWV. That's what I saw in the only hive I've lost so far. None this year, yet. sigh....
- Anything negative will be reported.
Now, what did I miss, that we need to add to the list? Make your suggestions, and Allen Dick and I will take them into consideration. Fair enough, Allen?
And Allen, I'm depending on you and Barry to figure out the best way to post this on the forum. I suspect as the season develops, I'll add data to the posting every couple of weeks... After the initial set up.
Allen, is this what you had in mind about the public postings?
"If all you have is a hammer, the whole world is a nail." - A.H. Maslow