Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?
Like I said - many times simple presence of a strong feral population is the real trick (not the management).
Originally Posted by crofter
Leo Sharashkin talks a lot of TF-style, hands-off approaches.
Well - he is plugged into a strong feral population - that is the real deal (not the cool set-it-and-forget-it Layen's hives).
Solomon Parker (I head most all his audio publications) talks a LOT of how he did TF beekeeping in Arkansas.
Well - he did not talk much at all how was it really possible - he did not even discuss the feral bees much until recently - was all about "let them die" management.
Sure, you can plug into a strong feral population and then you can do a lot of TF-type demonstrations and they will likely work.
All in all - the local population is the major key to everything.
You can do a lot of twicking, but the population will either sink you or keep you afloat.
If you don't like the population - make an effort to change it.
If there is no feral population (entirely possible), well, create a pseudo-feral population (T. Seeley's Darwinian Beekeeping is a good source of ideas).
This is my personal position now.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame experimentation.