Welcome to Parker Bees.


Treatment-Free Beekeeping for All

My name is Solomon Parker.  I have been keeping bees totally treatment free for 15 years, and in three states.

I am committed to educating hobbyist and backyard 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.  This eliminates the treatment treadmill so many beekeepers are on that condemns their bees to die if not treated.  To survive as a species, the bees need us to quit coddling them and let them be wild animals, even if they're still living in our hives.

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.  I have been keeping bees totally treatment free for 15 years, and I don't mean to be glib, but it's really easy once you get into it.  So I'm here to teach other people how to do it too, not only because it's more fun than worrying about bees dying and having to treat them, but also because so many people want to do this and have so few teachers.

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, with new beekeepers and also with world renowned experts.  You can see the latest episodes listed below.


Most recent video from the Treatment-free Beekeeping YouTube channel:

If you'd like to connect with other treatment-free beekeepers, visit the Treatment-Free Beekeepers Facebook Group, where you'll find more than 27,000 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. 


News:

April 2018:  Grafting for queen and nuc production has begun.  Please contact me if you are interested in virgin queens, I can make them in about two weeks and I will essentially make them on demand for you.  Takes two weeks.

February 2018:  Swarm trapping season is beginning.  If you live in Jackson or Josephine County Oregon, and you'd like to be a swarm trap host, which helps the bees as a species and protects your home and property from a swarm settling in and requiring an expensive removal, click through to this page and learn how a swarm trap works.  If you'd like to make your own swarm traps and catch your own free bees, check out this page.

January 2018:  Just back from speaking at events in Alaska and Pennsylvania, I'm hard at work doing a major update to this site, going through every page word by word and making sure everything is still on track for what I want to communicate.  This year, my "new thing" is to sell queens.  Please don't try to reserve them, please don't send any money, I will post when ready and sell on demand.  Also, I have decided that my foray into Mann Lake plastic PF-1xx frames is going to be put to the side, except for honey supers, instead focusing on getting wooden medium frames in there.  Plastic frames have been a dismal failure in swarm catching, overwintering, and in narrow frame beekeeping.  So I'm going with wooden mediums with wax foundation in swarm traps and broodnests.

February 2017:  In response to demand for my services as a speaker, I have created a page that outlines how you can have me speak at your beekeeping get together, on any number of topics.  I have also set up a new Square store, so watch that for new products coming soon.

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 the side.

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 first hand.

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.