Clarifying 'Treatment Free'
From the sticky:
"The Treatment-Free Beekeeping Forum [has] the stated purpose of discussing how to keep bees by letting them cope with disease on their own." (My emboldening and underlining)
That seems to me to be a plain enough statement of purpose, but a little close reading might be useful in the interests of having good quality on-topic conversations.
I think we'll agree that that doesn't infer 'letting them cope with disease on their own from the get-go' - that would be 'hard bond' and the sticky also makes clear that the forum is not prescriptive about any course of action.
But it does define a clear general aim. That aim is not merely 'not putting stuff in the hive'. It is about having bees that don't need help to thrive.
Since most people don't already have bees that can do that, part of the goal of the forum must be to direct them toward getting bees that can do that. That will mean identifying the differences between those that can thrive alone and those that can't; and working through the ways to have the former and not the latter.
That is, talk about how to keep bees that can be healthy and productive without help.
Any role of manipulations can only therefore be contemplated in the context of temporary aids while the deeper topic of gaining and maintaining bees that can 'cope with disease on their own' is pursued. Manipulation-based management systems do not fulfil the stated aim of the forum.
Have I got that about right?
Last edited by mike bispham; 03-20-2014 at 03:23 AM.
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