Hello all, I've been reading this forum and a number of others for about a year and a half now. I'm really interested in the hTBH and treatment free beekeeping. In my preparation to keeping bees, I got Les Crowders "Top Bar Beekeeping" as well as the three Philip Chandlers books: "The Barefoot Beekeeper", and both volumes of "Balanced Beekeeping". I also believe I have read through most of the material on Michael Bush's website as well as watched his presentations on treatment free beekeeping practices.
So last year I missed out on the early swarming season and our summer was one of the worst that the seasoned beeks can remember. Then I approached some of the local beekeepers in trying to see if they could sell me a nuc or an artificial swarm. But after they asked the typical question of "which type of frames are you using?" and hearing I'm not using any, but instead I have had the nerve to build my own beehive - and one that looks like a feeding troth for the cattle at that, they quickly remembered that they can't really spare any bees after all.
I then attended a local beekeepers lecture - and was absolutely disappointed in the whole ordeal. I decided not to let my planned methods for beekeeping to cause any prejudice, so kept my mouth shut and eyes-ears open, hoping to pick up tips and gather information. Unfortunately the whole thing was nothing more than one man bragging with his beekeeping equipment, speaking ill of other "prominent" beekeepers (not that I would know the person they were talking about, but apparently she was a known lecturer herself)
So, realizing I'm on my own here, I'm determined to catch a swarm or two this spring.
Oh, and a Thank You! from the bottom of my heart goes to all three: