Re: Realism and Treatment free beekeeping
Gus, I am with you 100%. Finding you feet in beekeeping is tough. The community cannot even agree on Beekeeping or Bee Keeping, go figure. Beekeeping For Dummies or the one for idiots I would not read with a gun to my head, such insulting titles. Old books still in print are more sound than the new ones, time tested so to speak. Number of posts is helpful but not absolute by any means.
Like all things Internet you need a good BS detector in your head. I have read this thing for 18 months am beginning, BEGINNING, to recognize the leaders here and the nutcases, the confusion generators, the idealist and the common sense BKs. The VIDS and photos are above average and very helpful.
Randy Oliver, odtimer, Oldtimer, M. Bush (skip his no paint and TF stuff), Dadant, Doolittle, Mann-Lake, Barry, (for me S. Taber),Beeweaver, many researchers not on this forum, many others whose nutty screen names I cannot pronounce much less remember, you will get the hang of it eventually, bee of good cheer.
I started 18 months ago with three hives, two Langstroth and a TB (top bar). It will take me another 18 to chunk the junk and return to 10 frame Langs with frames and wired foundation.
My bees are from BWeaver, HoneyBeeGenetics, one local mutt and a swarm. So therefore my mites are from CA, Central TX and local.
My troubles are from God, BeeSource, the net, reading and Central Arkansas. Those are also my help although God has avoided me in this hobby to date.
Julysun elevation 23 feet. 4 Hives, 2 years.