Re: I don't understand this complaint about treatment free beekeepers
i think it may have to do with the number of colonies in a yard, and whether or not they are observed on a daily basis.
i had two hives this year that i inspected after noticing just a little fighting at the entrances. there wasn't any all out robbing frenzy going on. turns out they were queenless after failing to make a new queen post swarm.
it's not hard to imagine that in a large commercial operation with hundreds if not thousands of hives it might not be possible to catch every robbing incident in time to prevent it. treatments can fail, and mites can be spread.
on the other hand, for the hard core bond keeper, robbing is going to be the inevitable result of a collapsing colony.
and no one can stop it when we're talking about an unmanaged feral hive crashing and getting robbed out.
my view is that we all should be considerate of other colonies and exercise due diligence to prevent crashes and rob outs when we can.
journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives