Hello all. I am looking into where I should get bees. I want to go treatment free from the start. I am near dadant and they seem to be a quite reputable bee outfit. I plan to go visit them but they are a few hours away so not something I can do without a little planning. But I digress...

I am was wondering what types of bees were recommended for no treatment and if people had good luck with them. Originally my plan had been to simple try a trap out in my ash tree, or hope for a swarm. Is this a good idea?

It seems the more I read the more I see how frequent a loss of a hive is. Is it wise to keep a certain number of hives to help mitigate hive loss?