Re: treatment free beekeeping - the risks
>I appreciate this thread, but please keep in mind that beekeepers can and do have different experiences.
and i appreciate your post kirk. hopefully that would be exactly the conclusion one would reach after reading the thread.
i would bet your fil has the benefit of feral survivors contributing genes to his apiary.
i would also bet that your father in law keeps a close eye on his hives, and realizes there may be a problem if one is acting way different than the rest.
if he has been keeping bees awhile, it's almost certain that he has had a hive gone queenless at some point. do you think he lets these die out, and then get repopulated later by a swarm? just adding and removing supers doesn't make sense.
>I do believe it is possible to have bees that do not NEED treatments
yes, of course it is possible.
Last edited by squarepeg; 10-16-2012 at 06:54 AM.
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf