Re: Absolutely amazing!!!
look at it like this:
treatment free isn't necessarily a means to an end, but the end result of master beekeeping.
i.e., wouldn't it be the goal of all us to have hives that were healthy, produced lots of honey, requeened themselves ect., without us ever having to use anything foriegn in the hive?
that's going to be my goal. my 10 over wintered hives are now 20 hives. no syrup was fed and no treatments were used all year, except a one time antibiotic treatment in march for the remaining 9 hives, after number 10 tested positive for afb and was burned. this happened in the first round of brood after winter.
even though i was focused on increase, i harvested about 50 gallons of honey, and got about ten deeps and thirty supers drawn out.
i have two hives that have yet to get to wintering weight, otherwise all all heavy, healthy, and queenrite.
i'll end up taking a few frames of honey from the really heavy hives and giving it to the light ones.
beetles are being controlled with traps and fire ants, moths are being controlled by strong hives.
very few mites found on drone larvae, but i think i would just requeen a hive it it got too many mites, and make darn sure it doesn't get robbed by my other hives.
my stock is survivor stock bred from long time feral hives in my area. there are still quite a number of surviving feral hives nearby, that are supplying at least some of my worker bee genetics.
Last edited by squarepeg; 09-23-2012 at 01:53 PM.
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf