Re: Ever encountered hostility from other beekeepers over your TBH?
Agree totally. TBH keepers and Lang keepers are all basically the same humans with the same flaws.
As a lang keeper I've certainly been critisized harshly ( usually out of ignorance plus views from The Barefoot Beekeeper ), and told it is my langs that have caused all the bees modern problems and TBH's will save bees from extinction. Although I've helped some of these TBH folks set up and supplied the bees for them I can still get treated with condescention.
All the more curious when they run into problems and come back to me for queens or more bees to make up a deadout. After telling me TBH's will save the species it is actually my langs that prop them up.
I've also been embarrassed by overly assertive attacks on TBH's by lang keepers. I might agree with some of the content but the way it is said can sometimes be very wrong.
What I'm saying is we should all just get along. There are fanatics on both sides that's just part of the human condition. Me, I shrug them off, continue to cultivate them as friends if that's what they want, and help out where I can.
Also, there's no special "different" or "superior" knowledge required to run a TBH. Bees are bees.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).