Announcements


July Meeting

posted Jul 7, 2021, 2:16 PM by Big Sky Beekeepers


The July meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday July 8 at the club apiary, located in front of Ten Spoon Winery, 4175 Rattlesnake Drive in Missoula.  We will inspect hives and check supers to see how the bees are progressing.  We will raffle off the last two surplus deep bee boxes.  There will be time for questions and answers. 

June Meeting

posted Jun 7, 2021, 8:43 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Jun 11, 2021, 7:36 AM ]


The June meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers has been postponed due to rain.  The re-scheduled meeting will take place at 6:00pm on Thursday June 17 at the club apiary, located in front of Ten Spoon Winery, 4175 Rattlesnake Drive in Missoula.  We will be inspecting hives and managing problems as needed.

Swarm Season

posted May 16, 2021, 9:39 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated May 16, 2021, 9:45 AM ]


Swarm season is upon us
(May and June in Montana)

If you see a swarm, please report it as soon as possible to Big Sky Beekeepers:


Charlie (406) 239-5245

cdevoe2@msn.com


Or if Charlie is not available:


Scott (406) 396-8674  scott@claimjumpercorp.com


May Meeting

posted May 7, 2021, 2:40 PM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated May 7, 2021, 2:58 PM ]


The May meeting of Big Sky Beekeepers will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday May 13 at the club apiary, located in front of Ten Spoon Winery, 4175 Rattlesnake Drive in Missoula.  We will be inspecting hives, so bring your bee suit.  We will be treating for mites with vaporized oxalic acid.  With swarm season upon us, we will review management techniques that can minimize your risk of losing of bees due to swarming.  We are hoping to capture some swarms in the next couple months.  We will have a signup sheet at our meeting for those of you who would like to help capture a swarm and another for those who would like to purchase a captured swarm.  We will be raffling off some hive equipment, mainly deep hive boxes and frames.  Lastly, a reminder that we still have some of last year’s club honey for sale, at a discounted price for club members (Contact Charlie at 406 239-5245).

April 2021 Meeting

posted Mar 13, 2021, 7:48 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Apr 10, 2021, 7:50 AM ]


Big Sky Beekeepers held a meeting at 6:00pm on Thursday, April 8 at the club apiary.  We voted to keep the 2020 club officers in their positions through the end of 2021.  We inspected some hives that didn’t make it through the winter and moved two donated hives into the club apiary.

Where to buy bees in 2021

posted Feb 1, 2021, 11:25 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers   [ updated Feb 1, 2021, 11:26 AM ]


If you intend to start beekeeping in 2021 or if you want to add or replace honeybee colonies, now is the time to order bees.  There are many options for purchasing packaged bees or nucs.  Here are some suppliers recommended by members of Big Sky Beekeepers.

Meetings cancelled until further notice

posted Dec 2, 2020, 9:20 AM by Big Sky Beekeepers


Meetings of Big Sky Beekeepers have been cancelled until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

 

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