Re: Treatment Free: It's a path, not a solution
I think its unlikely that the beekeeper is in a better position than nature to make that judgement. Keeping stock alive against nature, and then putting it to the breeding pool is asking for trouble, and runs counter to the essential process of population husbandry.
Originally Posted by jbeshearse
If its ill, send it to market while it still has a value. Put only best to best. In an open mating population this is still more important. Interfering with nature's process by preserving weakness amounts to genetic poisoning of the local breeding pool.
Staying alive and thriving is a complex business for bees, and they need to fine tune their own mechanisms. Interfering with their health prevents that happening, period.
As a treament free beekeeper you have to focus on the health of the breeding pool, not the health of the individual. That's pet keeping.
With that said, I agree that having some bees is to be in a better position than having no bees. I think the solution must always be to make many more bees, so that you can let the dice roll with a better change of ending the game with some bees. With that priority, perhaps a good question for a new thread might focus on rapid increase without creating false readings for selection. What do others think?
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