I realized I should have been posting to this sub-forum all along.
Yes I am pursuing treatment free. I am also avoiding sugar water feeding. I do feed honey at times.
I was having three hives going into the winter, but it looks like one of them probably swarmed just now. So i'm done to two, one of which is a top bar nuc I purchased in late August, that I installed in a deep horizontal hive.
The other is a 46" top bar hive with 15" bars. I refer to it alternately as the "B" hive because it has the letter B painted on the lid, or "Franken-hive" because of all the strange cross-comb it produced earlier in the season and how poorly I have treated it, yet it still keeps rocking.
Anyways, I'm disappointed by the late swarm. My wife was asking me if I was discouraged yet. Nope not all.
My grandfather and great-uncle kept bees and my fiancée's grandfather, too. I want to pass this tradition along.