Re: Going Treatment Free - step 1
good points made by all.
i do think that it is 'alluring' for beginners want to go all 'natural'.
i also think that most are overwhelmed by so much to absorb when first starting out that it's 'convenient' to disregard learning about diseases, pests, and treatment options.
i think you are right david, that it's more challenging for a newbie to pull it off, especially if there is not someone successful at it who is willing to guide them step by step.
common denominators of successful tf beekeeping seem to be:
1. honey only diet
2. resistant stock, locally adapted if possible
3. capability of propagating these genetics and making increase to offset losses
that's a tall order for a hobbiest in their first year especially if ordering packages from out of (any) state and putting them on new equipment.
and there is the consideration that some locations are better than others regarding natural forage, clean water, drone availability, ect.
journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives