Below you will find a list of bee sources for the 2018 spring season
from fellow beekeepers who are members of “Big Sky Beekeepers Club” in Missoula.
We will be watching their site and other sources to provide a list of bee sources for 2019.
There are other sources out there which you can find through Google but these suppliers have been recommended by their club. Their website has many informative pages and links. Check it out: http://www.bigskybeekeepers.com/
The Gallatin Valley Beekeepers have a similar list with several duplicate and some other sources.
Click HERE to see their list.
Western Bee Supplies: (406) 883-2918
Email: Email: email@example.com
3 lb. packages with a marked queen.
The price has been set at $140 for 2018.
Now taking orders until sold out.
Delivery date is expected to be in late April.
Pick up bees in Polson, but there is usually a pickup location in Missoula.
If a Missoula pickup location becomes available people reserving their packages will have to tell Western Bee that they are with Beekeepers of the Bitterroot and that they want their bees to come down to Missoula.
Sunrise Honey Company: (509) 936-1088
5 frame nucs with mated queen, $135.
Extra queens (depending on availability) $30.
Now taking orders until sold out.
Delivery date is usually a Saturday in mid-April.
Pick up bees in Clayton, WA (North of Spokane).
Beekeepers of the Bitterroot will not be transporting NUCS from Clayton this year.
Northwest Bee Supply: (855) 796-8544
4 lb. packages, Italian or Carniolan, with queen, $155.
Also available are Italian or Carniolan queens, $38.
Now taking orders. Order by March 1 to assure availability.
Delivery date expected to be in April.
Pick up bees at a delivery location in Missoula.
Murdoch's: (406) 549-2355
3 lb. packages, Italian or Carniolan, with queen, $149.99.
Now taking orders. Order by March 20 to assure availability.
Pick up your bees at your local Murdoch's in April or May.
Murdoch's will notify you 24 hours in advance of delivery date.
Also available are Italian or Carniolan queens, $52.99.
Russian queens are available, $64.99
Arlee Apiaries: (406) 560-1307
4 frame nucs with laying queen, $150 in 2017.
Arlee Apiaries has not yet announced whether they will be selling nucs in 2018.
Outdoor Bee Company: (509) 270-5803
5 frame nucs containing a laying queen and brood in all stages, $140.
Deep (9 5/8 inch) or medium (6 5/8 inch) frame nucs are available.
Now taking orders online.
Free delivery to Missoula scheduled for April 27, 2018 (tentative date).
People who order from Outdoor Bees need to tell them that they are with Beekeepers of the Bitterroot and that they want their bees delivered to Missoula for pickup by themselves OR another member of Beekeepers of the Bitterroot. (I am planning on ordering NUCS from Outdoor Bee and would be willing to transport some NUCS from Missoula to the Bitterroot. As we start ordering we will have to coordinate a spreadsheet so I can get NUCS that members have ordered.)
Tractor Supply, Lolo, MT
Is offering on-line ordering for 3 pound packages of Italian or Carniolan bees with queen for direct shipment to your home via UPS. Price is $179 including shipping. The bees are sourced from Harvest Lane Honey.
Of course you can always search for bees on Google and find other sources too. If you find a good one let us know and we will post it here.
NETFLIX has a very interesting documentary about honey and honey bees in the first episode of “Rotten”. I highly recommend watching it if you have a few minutes