Re: Received conflicting advice on going treatment free
I am sure my hives would have had a much higher winter survival rate if I had treated for mites. I consider it growing pains. It will take time to find genetics (through queens, local breeding or swarms) that can survive with pests. Perhaps others will get lucky and find it right off the line, but I doubt it. If you are going to start TX free, plan on having a crash in your hives, if it never comes so much the better.
"What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value." Thomas Paine