As a newbie I am treating...how successfully who knows. IF my hives get through the winter then I will have enough to try splits. IF I can do that with success I will have 2 hive populations. One I will continue to treat. The other I will use for trying different approaches. Same beekeeper, same location, same original stock...it will be interesting to see what happens.
IF the less/non treated stock survive and thrive I would anticipate they will be to build from.
And yes...newbies get very confused when there is so much conflict to follow...but then we are learning as there are many was to do things on the path to the same destination.
Thanks to all who participate.