Hey odfrank, I re-started six years ago with 2 colonies... now 27 active ones... all treatment free. Had absolutely no time to work bees this year, as we've been in the process of doing a gut-rehab on our soon to be retirement home 150 miles away. My work interferes with my life? I decided when we bought the house that this year and next would be a "maintenance" year - to keep what I've got, get relocated, then re-embark upon my expansion plans for the bees.