David Livingston wrote:Apart from wondering who is funding the group that want s compulsory treatment ( beyer or monsanto ). And who will treat the wild bees ( job for the local authority ? ) or the bees being blown over from France ( customs anyone ) .
David Livingston wrote:Micheal
I think there is certainly some ambiguity over the term treatment free . Most folks like myself don't treat and we are doing ok I have never thought that I needed to obtain any special bees .
There is a view point that those who sell such bees are actually selling bees with a weakened strain of verroa not stronger bees .
As for forming a new group many of us see the enemy as the chemical companies not verroa.
Raye Beasley wrote:I just started bee keeping 4 years ago. I bought my first nucs from the only treatment free breeder here. Thats what the fellow advertised and what I thought I was getting. When I picked them up, I mentioned that I was going to continue treatment free and he got this "funny look" on his face. He came clean told me that the nucs weren't really treatment free but he did have some but was sold out. The old bait and switch.
Turns out that my odds with treatment free neglect are no worse than the what the treated beekeepers get around here, and I think its only going to get better the more generations I can get through without losing them all.
I never tell anyone that I don't treat. That way every one can sleep easier.
Raye Beasley wrote: I am trying to get up to 10 hives so that I can have a 50% loss rate and leave them with enough honey to feed themselves and make a bit for me.