Welcome to Parker Bees.
Treatment-Free Beekeeping for All
I am committed to educating beekeepers, young and
old, new and....old, in how to keep bees in a
treatment-free way which eliminates dependence on
chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics, and other
nasty stuff found in commercial honey supplies
today. I'm also committed to eliminating
dependence on the back breaking and time and
energy intensive manipulations that have come to
be a part of beekeeping which many are
indoctrinated into thinking they must perform to
keep their bees alive.
What I'm trying to do here is not tell you how
things must be done, but to show you how I know
for a fact can
be done successfully. It is my goal over
time to try out as many differing methods as
possible and to write about them for you.
If you want to know how others have done it
successfully, check out the Treatment-Free
Beekeeping Podcast, which features
interviews from around the world.
If you'd like to connect with other treatment-free
beekeepers, visit the Treatment-Free
Beekeepers Facebook Group, where you'll find
more than 7,500 beekeepers from around the world.
If you have a specific question about beekeeping,
read some of my articles to the left. If you
still need some help, feel free to email me and
I'll try to get back to you as soon as I
can. If you're local to Medford Oregon,
check the Products
page to see if there's anything available you
might like to buy. At times I have queens,
nucs, wax, and maybe some other things.
On the blog, I usually upload a picture of what
the home yard looks like with every post. Here, I
just upload the most recent one I have whenever I
get a chance. This one is a fresh picture of
my new home yard. You can see my current 14
living hives, of which two are all mediums, and
one is a Cube Hive. This new location is
very desert like, you can see the sand, but many
wild flowers and a nearby stream that runs all
February 2016: After having successfully
made the move to Medford Oregon, I have decided to
(for the time being) be a full time
beekeeper. I have changed the name of my
company to Parker Bees. This year I plan to
catch as many swarms as possible and ramp up for
nuc and queen production, and a little honey on
April 2015: Just in time for the 12th
anniversary of the day I got my bees, I have just
created a map which shows
suppliers of treatment-free bees.
August 2014: Things are going more or less
swimmingly. You can see the picture of the
new yard above, had to move the bees again due to
a persnickety neighbor. Down to 14 hives,
however, many of those are doing quite well and
are heavy with honey as I have just discovered
July 2014: The Treatment-Free
Beekeeping Podcast is now available.
Please subscribe on your favorite podcast
listening software or just click the link and
listen. Also, please send me questions,
comments, or topics through the Contact
Page or through the Facebook
Group. I promise, the quality will
improve, I'm working on intro music.
April 2014: I've now moved to Denver,
Colorado. My bees are now located in
Franktown, Colorado. I'm slowly updating the
website to reflect some of the changes.
September 2013: I have started a Facebook
group now in case you are tired of
discussing beekeeping with people who see no other
way to do things than by treating. I have
gotten a lot of abuse from the treating crowd and
it's nice to have a safe space to talk about how
to do this.
Attention: This website
is still under construction.
Most things are working, but not
everything leads to a destination yet.