Re: Confusing in treatment free vs mis-treating bees
So, look, just a day ago I finally looked inside my #2 resource unit.
Originally Posted by MimiE
This is the first time since about July 4th weekend (when this resource was subject to a fly-back).
OK, I simply rearranged the frames some for the upcoming winter season and closed it back in (no plans to look back again; maybe pull few honey frames if needed elsewhere)
This means, I really have not looked into the brood area for about 3 months (even now, I only flipped the frames quickly, without pulling them out, due to the robbing pressure - must be quick; it was sufficient to tell me what I needed to know).
This is a 20-frame Layen's hive, if you know what it means.
I have more similar examples.
So, yes, I am a once-a-month bee-haver (by most definitions) and will continue doing the same.
I guess, my nucs get a bit more attention (I need to feed them weekly right now).
What is your point again?
Don't catch swarms? (which I do and advocate for).
Check brood once per week? (which I don't; not even the nucs).
Keep them alive at all cost? (which I don't do - keep them alive at all cost; yes - some of the colonies are more valuable to me; I will feed them at least).
I'd rather the unfit bees of mine just die off and do so rather quickly so the valuable resources can be reallocated elsewhere.
Last edited by GregV; 09-27-2019 at 10:31 AM.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.