It may be appealing to one starting out to not treat, however, if you start out by purchasing your hive from a bee supply catalog, you will soon come to the pages of treatments for this and that disease and pest, so right from the start the beginner is faced with the decision of treating or not, but my thinking is that with limited knowledge the beginner is going to choose to treat in some fashion to try to preserve their investment in bees, unless they are fortunate to have a mentor that helps them choose the better option. Sorry if I offended anybody. John
If I followed the line of thought in post #118 and applied it to me, then I would have to admit that even though I adhered to treatments for the first 35 or so years of my keeping bees and was therefore enlightened about bees in general, I have become dumber the last 5 years since going the non-treatment route. John
Post 118 reminds me of the last two newbees I saw fail with TF.
#1, installed package, I helped her inspect it a week later, everything fine, October comes around, the hive is dead. She did not check it once, fear I surmised.
#2, started a hive, moved away, left hive with a non-beekeeper, never inspected, dead in October.
I feel stuck to the treadmill because of my location, my lack of small or natural cell size frames, and the fact that I care for all of my hives and don't want any to die. I know I can't escape my bees dying forever, but I want to minimize it. I might try treatment free when I have enough natural cell size frames.
Good enough is perfect - Joel Salatin
I am not saying any of this in any sort of negative way, it's just the fact of the matter. The decision as always is yours.
libhart, you can also get on the "resistant queen treadmill" if the treatment treadmill is not to your liking. That can get expensive too. You're right though, once that special queen you bought dies, is superceded or a swarm issues from that hive, you have lost some resistance in the new queen that is raised, someone please correct me if I'm wrong on that but that's what I read somewhere. John
Libhart, you are absolutely correct. I recommend at least five as I have recommended for years. One thing is consistent among long term successful treatment-free beekeepers. They have more hives.
The same is true w/ nontreatment-free beekeepers, from what I have seen.
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards
I would try to make use of the smilies and other expressions more if I could figure out how to paste them on, then there would be no way anyone would question my sincerity. John
I should have just asked one of my kids and saved me the embarrassment, that was too easy. John
What in my post (#118) implies you got dumber by going treatment free? I was not bashing it in anyway. To me, it's one of the most difficult routes to take in keeping bees and I was merely pointing out it seems a lot of new people with aboslutely zero experience in bees/insects or basic biological systems use it as an excuse to not learn about the maladies of bees as it doesn't matter to them since they're treatment free. I would assume since you treated when you started you took some time to diagnose symptoms, recognize mites/diseases, and understand how the teatments were designed to work hence gaining knowledge of what's going on with your bees and not just ignoring it.