I've noticed some differences, a bit of confusion, and a lot of arguements concerning beekeeping methodologies, personal strategies, and in defining certain terms. Here is how I perceive things. Please correct me if I am wrong and please add to the discussion.
1. Large cell worker comb is un-natural, unless the bees are building it.
2. Foundationless, natural comb, is not necessarily small cell.
3. Small cell may or may not reduce Varroa, but is also un-natural unless the bees are building it.
4. TF (treatment free) means exactly what it says- no treatments on any level, but may include physical alteration of hive & hive components.
5. Organic treatments (or light treating) includes essential oils, OA, cinnamon (for ants), & thymol- anything found in nature.
6. Commercial treatments (or heavier treating) includes pharmaceuticals or man made chemicals.
7. Beekeeping methodologies vary between climate and region. So therefore, it is possible that 2 people doing different things can both be correct, as long as both methods produce similar and positive results.
8. There are several factors that may or may not affect overall bee health, genetics, longevity, and etc. where scientific studies are either non existent or inconclusive. These would include using high fructose corn syrup as feed, chemicals in OSB/Plywood (such as glues & formaldehyde), chemicals in paints & stains, feeding with white sugar (white sugar is bleached), using wax foundation, pesticides, swarm prevention measures, and in using certain treatments whether organic or artificial. These can not only affect kept bees, but local/feral hives as well through breeding and direct contact.
9. Checker boarding- when to do it and how it is done properly.
Thoughts? Comments? Arguments?