We are in the process of building a top bar hive and would like to "keep" our bees as chemical free as possible. I ordered a package form a local beekeeper here (who doesn't keep top bar hives and is pretty mainstream I think). I just read that if you order bees that have been raised on chemicals they might not be strong enough to survive without chemicals.

Now I am worried that I need to cancel our order and reorder through someone who has more natural practices. I was trying to support a local beekeeper and would like to honor my verbal comittment to him, but also am concerned that I am setting myself up for failure. This is our first try at beekeeping and maybe I am over thinking this!

Any advice on traditionally raised bees (chemicals) being kept in an organic/chemical free manner?

Thanks for your advice/insights
Beth