I am new to all this. Years ago I knew pretty well how to care for bees. many years ago actually. Then it did not take a lot of information. Now I am reading a lot about what you need to know about bees to "Keep" them rather than just have them. IT used to be you captured a swarm and where off and running. if you wanted more hives you captured another swarm usually from your own hive. My great grandfather managed his bees in this way his entire life. then came the Africanized bee scare. After that it all went to hell. What happened? replacing queens every year is what I see. Now it seems most Bee Keepers replace there entire hive every hear. As of this moment I see the Bee Keeper is harming the Bee Haver rather than the other way around.
At this moment I am hoping to capture local bees. But if every other possessor of bees in the county has purchased bees, will not my colony become at least half "inbreed" packaged bees after the first replacement of the queen? Since I just added "Inbreed" to the conversation I will explain. I chose that word to express the wide variety of problems that buying packaged bees or nucs could possibly be introducing. Not that I am claiming true inbreeding problems in the bees. I just thought it a handy word to use to roll the whole mess into one.
Most likely any swarm I manage to capture will be the product of packaged bees. Bad start to begin with.
I think it is a good question though. who is really harming the bees. the person that shoves them out back to live or die by their own devices or the person that is hands on every week? Replacing failing bees every spring with more failing bees.
Not arguing here just putting forth a new thread of thought on Bee Having vs Bee Keeping.