Re: Absolutely amazing!!!
sorry solomon, but i refuse to accept the wholesale approach of never do anything about anything and trust that it will all eventually work itself out.
as i pointed out, we are already intervening in the bee's life cycle by putting them in an artificial home, taking away their stores, and disturbing them on a semi-regular basis. this presents extra challanges to them introduced by us, and for that reason i am willing to consider remedies on an as needed basis.
i could have avoided the use of antibiotics, had i known better at the time, and not purchased six very old hives, in rotten boxes, which unkown to me, had been receiving antibiotics every spring and fall for years. this was my biggest mistake in beekeeping so far.
the afb showed up a year and a half later, after which all of the boxes, and most, but not all, of the frames had been replaced.
the affected hive only had a couple of old frames left in it, which were burned along with the rest of the $250 worth of new equipment, and the colony, in which i had invested considerable time and money.
i did what i did because i couldn't be sure which of the remaining hives might have been exposed to the spores. sorry man, but even thought of having to burn the remaining 9 hives was not something i was ready to entertain.
at this point, only a few of my now 20 hives have had the possibility of coming in contact with the spores, and no, i don't intend to give any hive antibiotics twice a year.
so brand me if you like, [Edit] and i apologize if i made you cringe at the thought of me giving these colonies the best chance, (my call), to survive what was essentially a beekeeper induced threat to their continued existence.
Last edited by Solomon Parker; 09-24-2012 at 07:32 AM.
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disclaimer: novice beekeeper here who knows just enough to be dangerous