Re: Received conflicting advice on going treatment free
Heaflaw, I don't mind telling... I've been telling for 7 years now....and I do not mind repeating myself. Appreciate you asking, for the benefit of some new readers.
My most successful bees have been from B. Weaver and Purvis. I've tried Russians, and MnHyg but they don't produce and survive as well.
I judge my success by whether they make it from one year to the next, and does my honey harvest average beat the Missouri state average. The answer to both questions is yes.
Once again, there are two ways to go treatment free. Buy from a reputable treatment free breeder, either packages or queens. (I've done both, successfully.) Or, buy any type of bee, and go treatment free, then breed from your survivors, if any. For small folks like me, the reality it that it is easier, cheaper, and a heck of a lot more fun to let someone else pay those costs, and we reap the benefits with the bees.
"If all you have is a hammer, the whole world is a nail." - A.H. Maslow