Re: Treatment Free: It's a path, not a solution
No it's a misnomer, or at least, it's not the full picture.
Originally Posted by Solomon Parker
Survivability is the first, and nessecary step. But to me, speaking as someone who is in business, success cannot be claimed until a persons bees are self sustaining.
IE, the bees should at the least pay for themselves, and far me anyway I expect them to make a decent return on investment. If you have to keep pouring money into your bees, the bees are a money pit, and are not self sustaining. You could be equally well off to keep beetles or farm ants. There's no point.
I draw attention to this to illustrate the futility of saying that because the bees survive, mites are not a problem. A person who no longer treats can now claim to be treatment free. But if they do not test, have no idea what effect mites are having, and the bees have not been self sustaining, then logically they cannot rule out mites as a problem. To me live or die as the sole criterion for success makes no sense.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).