Re: Treatment Free Commercial Beekeepers?
Dean I think you somehow got the glass 1/2 empty today. Life ain't all that bad.
Me, I've read everything Dee has written in her section on Beesource. When I saw mention of Tim in this thread, I didn't rush off & see him, no. But watched his video plus read the links given, plus followed other links given in those links.
If I did that, I'm sure others did, I don't think you need to be so negative.
I would say though, that to a commercial beekeeper watching the video, the video of Tim working the hives shows considerable lack of experience in handling bees in a commercial scenario, and a commercial beekeeper could easily decide to go no further. I would understand that.
Which is not to say Tim is not on to something, and listening to him speak in the video he strikes me as particularly open minded, a guy who will learn and investigate.
To me, Tim's method has a lot in common with the checkerboarding method developed by Walt, although it is not the same, but the effect will be similar. However I've often seen Walt poo poo'ed about his checkerboarding method, which always pains me somewhat.
In the TF world we are constantly hearing about the latest thing, the latest "success". After having been exposed to several years of this, I am still really none the wiser about how to run a treatment free hive, and less inclined to rush off and personally visit, or call, every person with a new idea.
It is apparent Tim is a speaker in considerable demand. This is a possible red flag to me. Commercial beekeepers make their money from their bees, and less so by talking about them. Which again, is not to say he may not be getting results, but I consider a commercial beekeeper to be one who makes his living by his bees.
Don't want to be taken wrong though, I was impressed by what I saw of Tim as an intelligent, and honest guy, who does not speak in riddles. The kind of person we need working in the TF area.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).