Re: How to develop a treatment free apiary?
It boils down to:
Originally Posted by squarepeg
a) get the right genetic material
b) select/breed from the right genetic material.
To this second end its necessary to have enough hives to be able to lose a few, or, to be able to spot the weak ones and give them a better mother.
Its also helpful to be distant from lots of systematically treated hives - you don't want weak genetics entering your apiary from their drones.
So: its really all about standard genetic husbandry - choosing the best parents to make each new generation.
It mystifies me why people who obviously know that, and do it, appear reluctant to come out and say it?
Is it thought to be too intimidating to beginners? Is there a fear it will offend somebody's religious sensibilities?
Can anyone answer that one for me?
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