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When and where to order bees for 2021

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:


Western Bee Supplies:  (406) 883-2918

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3 lb. packages with a marked Carniolan queen, $160.

A $20 deposit is required when ordering.

Now taking orders until sold out.


Sunrise Honey Company:  (509) 936-1088

5 frame nucs with mated queen, $140.

Extra queens (depending on availability) $35.

Taking orders until sold out.

Delivery date is usually a Saturday in mid-April.

Pick up bees in Clayton, WA (North of Spokane).


Arlee Apiaries:  (406) 560-1307

5 frame nucs with a laying queen, $165.

Taking orders beginning February 1 until sold out.


Outdoor Bee Company:  (509) 270-5803

5 frame nucs containing a laying queen and brood in all stages, $150.

Now taking orders online.

Free delivery to Missoula in early May.