Re: Am I doing a stupid thing?
I like your decision. I too am treatment free. Will colonies be lost? Sure. Is it written in stone? Nope. I have yet to see evidence of CCD personally. Be generous to your bees by leaving them LOTS of honey. Take some, but leave LOTS. Sugar isn't honey... it isn't the same to us and it isn't the same to them.
Treating for one bug or two bugs which are believed to cause harm will also impact the 30 other bugs in the hive that do not seem to cause harm, but no one has found benefit for... and that isn't even getting down to the micro-level. Even packages can survive if we allow them to - no help needed. I like yor choice. Stay the course.
"Life will find a way - it always finds a way." -Jurassic Park (MOVIE/BOOK)
USDA Zone 5a