Re: Treatment-Free, Winter 2012-2013, How's it going?
I am treatment free. Don't treat with anything except if you consider screened bottom boards treatments. However, I will be going back to solid bottom boards. I am small cell and have been treatment free since I got back into beekeeping in March of 2009.
I tried moving my colonies around last year with some other beekeepers. Moved 16 to cotton in West Texas, came back [Mid August] with 13 all with depleted populations.
Lost 4 more before I had the populations built back up and the colonies prepared for winter which left me with 9 going into the winter, end of October. I came through the winter with all 9 but one was queenless so I dropped a frame of eggs/larva. There are a couple of queen cells with the bottoms cut off but not brood yet. 5 are boiling full of bees [1-3 mediums, 4-4 mediums], and the other 3 [3 mediums] are all in good shape. I am making splits right now, to 18 colonies.
"I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." Nathan Hale, 1776