first post here. i've been skimming the board for a few weeks, what a great site! thanks to everyone that takes the time to contribute.
after keeping bees with langstroth hives and medication treatments for a few years i'd like to try a few topbar hives with as little treatments as possible.
my questions are: should i consider this when ordering package bees? if i buy a package that has been treated are they going to survive without these treatments?
i live in chicago and i've tried contacting treatment-free beekeepers in the area for packages and i haven't had any luck. i'm also thinking about getting in touch with swarm-removal companies to see if i can get a swarm. any ideas?