Re: american foul brood
many thanks again for the replies.
i was thinking i would see 'seek political asylum in a third world country' or 'get a new identity and enter a witness protection program' as possible approaches.
one purpose for starting this thread was to learn how those who ascribe to treatment free beekeeping would handle what is probably the worst case scenario.
the other purpose was for the benefit of other beginners like myself, especially those who are aspiring to be treatment free, that the approach of 'leave them alone and let them sort it out' does not apply to this particular case.
especially if there are neighboring bee yards and/or feral hives in the area.
disclaimer: novice beekeeper here who knows just enough to be dangerous