Re: Going Treatment Free - step 1
There are a lot of misconceptions that beginning beekeepers pick up. Some of them involve treatment free or "natural" methods...most do not.
For years, our state association president would tell everyone, "if you don't use fumidill, your bees will die". ...that isn't true.
Many (if not most) new beekeepers with enough instruction/reading to identify a queen cell think they should destroy them...which often leaves new beekeepers with a hopelessly queenless hive after the swarm leaves.
...this is just a couple of examples from beekeeping....let's not forget the number of self aware humans that think they are going to get rich buying scratch tickets.
If you think someone is giving bad advice, it would be helpful to be specific about the advice given and who is giving it....complaining that some (generally inexperienced) beekeepers and wanaabeeks want to believe that everything is easy, want to put bees in a box and pull jars of honey out isn't very productive.
Such attitudes aren't surprising, they are similar to the attitudes of people in other areas...how many buy an electric guitar and never learn to play it? How many buy seedlings that die before they fruit/flower? How many books are on shelves unread?
Is it advice you are concerned about? If so, you should be able to cite the bad advice...specifically.
If you are concerned that people want things to be easy...well, good luck with that. People always want an easy way out.
I don't think the "treatment free internet community" has much to do with it. Some people just want things to be easy.
But for some reason a common take away from the treatment free internet community is that all you have to do is not treat and all your dreams will come true.
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