Per SquarePeg suggestion I am starting this thread to open a conversation about getting started in the TF world.
History: I am a 10+ year beek living in No. Idaho. I am using conventional American methods. Buy packages/nucs, feed syrup and pollen patties, treat as required, hope for the best. I read and follow many sources of advice and theory. Trying my best to be kind to the bees and reap a good harvest.
As of three years ago I had 35+ hives, harvesting plenty of honey but experiencing losses at or above average numbers. Always seemed like I was not able to keep a good percentage of my bees healthy.
I began experiencing heavier losses with signs of AFB. My wife then went into heart failure so I had to abandon bees for the most part. Wife ok now and I want to get back into my bees with the same dedication as before. I now have 3 hives coming out of winter with good population and brood build up.
So I think this would be a good time to transition to TR and build a side line beekeeping operation of production, queen rearing, and nuc supply.
I currently have 15 packages on order due April 14 from California along with 10 queens due in June from Western Washington.
The question is how do I start this transition? What are the steps in doing this? How do I determine sources and methods? What losses can be expected?
Thank you for your patience with my rambling. Any assistance and advice is appreciated.