Announcements


November Meeting Cancelled

posted Nov 2, 2020, 12:49 PM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Nov 2, 2020, 12:50 PM ]


The November meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers has been cancelled due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Missoula.

October Meeting Cancelled

posted Sep 28, 2020, 8:19 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Oct 8, 2020, 9:04 AM ]


The October meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers, scheduled for the evening of October 8, has been cancelled to the recent increase in COVID cases in Missoula.  

Honey Extraction Weekend

posted Aug 26, 2020, 8:25 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Aug 26, 2020, 8:40 AM ]


The Big Sky Beekeepers honey extractor will be available for use by club members between 8am and 5pm on the weekend of September 19 and 20.  Club members who have paid dues for 2020 are invited to extract their honey.  We will have the extractor set up at the home of Jay Mitman, 6500 Sun Valley Road, Florence, MT.  You may schedule a time slot online at this link:

Extractor Schedule

Type your name in the vacant time slots you would like to reserve.  If you encounter difficulty scheduling online, you may schedule via email at bigskybeekeepers@gmail.com

Hand crank and electric motor powered extractors will be set up for you to use.  Up to 9 medium frames can be extracted simultaneously in the hand crank extractor, up to 8 frames in the electric extractor.  If you have extracted honey before and have 9 frames or fewer to extract, one hour is probably sufficient.  If you are extracting for the first time or have 10 to 27 frames, you should schedule 2 consecutive hours.  If you have more than 27 frames, you may require more than 2 hours.  A heated uncapping knife will be available.  Bring enough buckets to contain your extracted honey and a container for your cappings.  Please bring your honey frames in a closed container such as a plastic bin so that we don’t drip honey all over and attract a lot of bees.  Bring one or more assistants.  This is a laborious task and it really helps to divide up the work.  If you have time, come early and stay late to assist those extracting before and after you.  Remember that honey extraction goes much more quickly if the frames to be extracted are warm, so it is best to keep them in a warm place for at least several hours prior to extraction.

Please review the instructions prior to using the extractor: 

extractor instructions

 

September Meeting

posted Aug 17, 2020, 8:58 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers


The September meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers will be held on Thursday, September 3 in Charlie DeVoe’s garage, 1232 Lincoln Court, Missoula.  We will be extracting honey harvested from the club apiary.  We will begin at 5:00pm, but if you can’t make it at 5:00, come when you can.  You must attend this meeting if you intend to check out one of the club extractors for personal use, so that you will know how to operate the extractor properly.  This requirement has been implemented because unfortunately, our extractors have been damaged due to improper use.  Members participating in this meeting will be entitled to take a pint of freshly extracted club honey (bring a jar).

August Meeting

posted Jul 17, 2020, 10:16 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Aug 12, 2020, 9:19 AM ]


The August meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday August 13 at the club apiary, located in front of Ten Spoon Winery, 4175 Rattlesnake Drive in Missoula.  Please wear a mask.  We will be discussing when and how to harvest and extract honey, mite treatment, and how to prepare your hives for winter.  Bring your bee suit because we will be opening hives to inspect, harvest honey, and treat for mites.

July Meeting

posted Jun 25, 2020, 8:01 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Jul 17, 2020, 10:11 AM ]

The July meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers was held at 6:00pm on Thursday July 9 at the club apiary, located in front of Ten Spoon Winery, 4175 Rattlesnake Drive in Missoula.  All attending should wear a face mask to avoid spread of the Coronavirus and a bee suit.  We will be breaking into small groups to inspect hives.  We will be discussing beekeeping topics relevant to the season, including when and how to harvest honey.  You may want to bring a lawn chair for your comfort and to facilitate social distancing.

June Meeting

posted May 28, 2020, 8:53 PM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Jul 17, 2020, 10:10 AM ]


The June meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers was held at 6:00pm on Thursday June 11 at the club apiary, located in front of Ten Spoon Winery, 4175 Rattlesnake Drive in Missoula.  All attending should wear a face mask to avoid spread of the Coronavirus and a bee suit, as we will be inspecting hives.

May Meeting Rescheduled

posted May 2, 2020, 9:35 PM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated May 19, 2020, 2:26 PM ]


The May meetings of Big Sky Beekeepers scheduled for May 19, 20, and 21 have been cancelled due to unfavorable weather.  Our next meeting will take place in early June.  If you have any questions or concerns about your bees that can't wait until June, send them to bigskybeekeepers@gmail.com

April Meeting

posted Mar 28, 2020, 8:30 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers


The April meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you have questions or concerns about your bees that you would like to bounce off an experienced beekeeper, send them to bigskybeekeepers@gmail.com

March Meeting

posted Feb 28, 2020, 8:58 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Mar 13, 2020, 8:25 AM ]


Big Sky Beekeepers met at 6:00pm on Thursday, March 12 in the conference room at Westside Lanes.  Cam Lay was our guest speaker.  He began with a quick overview of honeybee biology and life cycles, especially as it relates to a northern climate like Montana.  He then gave us a quick update on Montana beekeeping regulations.  He talked a little about the commercial beekeeping industry, how it works and what interests the commercial guys and the hobbyists have in common, and their differences.  He showed us a few slides about bee diseases and treatment, emphasizing the importance of Varroa mite control.  He finished with some beekeeping “tips and tricks” that he has found useful.

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