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Beekeeping for Beginners: Montana Bees

Inside: For the love of honey, each one of us must do what we can to help the honey bees thrive. Beekeeping for beginners in the heart of Montana.

Montana bees

For the love of honey and all the food we eat, each one of us must do what we can to help the honey bees thrive. In the spring of 2015, we endeavored into the honey bee venture and what an incredibly, exciting adventure it has been! Our desire is to share with you what has worked and what hasn’t as we learn more about keeping our Montana Bees in the heart of Montana.

We love our Montana Bees.

I’m not an experienced beekeeper but I do know someone who is. I’m an average individual, just like you, who loves bees and has been immersed in the amazing life of bees. Join me on this journey and we will learn together!

There is so much to learn about beekeeping. I’ve realized over the last several years of keeping bees, that I probably will never get to the point of knowing all there is to know about bees. And the way I handle and take care of my bees will probably change over the years. But isn’t that the way of life? Nothing is set in stone, and we all have the ability to learn and study and then choose the right path for our own situation and experiences. 

As you purchase your first package or nuc of bees, you will open up the hive and have so many questions like I did! You will come back to the computer or call your mentor to find the answers. And you will learn so much and possibly fail but finally will get that honey on your slice of bread and your taste buds will melt. You will grin from ear to ear as you walk under the blooming apple tree and hear the buzz of thousands of bees. And more than likely you will say, “Those are MY bees!”

Beekeeping is not for the faint of heart or for those who give up too easily.

When you get bees it must be with the intention of keeping them for the long haul. And really, it’s so very worth it, even after a few stings. 

So before you get to all the articles about beekeeping below, I’d like to offer access to our resource page. It has a lot of information about keeping bees including printable checklists and reminders of what you may need as you begin your bee journey. And you also will have access to all the other resources as well. Don’t miss out!


enjoy our recent MONTANA BEEKEEPING posts

Bees | Winter Bees | Winter Bee Food | Do you have really cold, wet winters? Then you should consider making a candy board, moisture quilt and wrapping your hive with insulation. This how-to article with detailed pictures will show you exactly how to make them so you can help your bees through winter. Bees | Winterizing a bee hive | How to bees

How to Get Your Bees Through Cold, Wet Winters: Moisture Quilt, Candy Board and Insulation

According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly. It's wings are far too small to lift its fat little body ...
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Bees | Bee Care | Complete list of Beekeeping supplies | Bee Cost projector | A complete list of beekeeping supplies: you should be well aware of what you will need to have ready and what the whole endeavor will cost.

Complete List of Beekeeping Supplies

There are a few things I wish I had known before getting bees and one of them was the cost of those little creatures. If you are contemplating getting bees ...
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Before Owning Bees | Leanring about bees | 7 things to consider and two things you need adequate of before owning bees. Here is the "class schedule" of what you can expect to learn in the first years

7 Things I Wish I Had Known BEFORE Owning Bees

Inside: 7 things to consider and two things you need adequate of before owning bees. Here is the "class schedule" of what you can expect to learn in the first ...
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Bees | Bee Care | How to own bees | Bee mentor | Finding a bee mentor can be the key to your success. You don't need to know everything about bees, you just need to know someone else who knows everything.

8 Benefits of Finding a Bee Mentor

Have you taken the leap and gotten your first hive of bees? If not, what's stopping you? ...
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7 things you wished you had known before owning bees. Go kiss your wife, she deserves it. And so do you, for spoiling your wife with a hive of bees.

7 Things My Husband Wished He Knew Before Owning Bees

Inside: 7 things you wished you had known before owning bees. Go kiss your wife, she deserves it. And so do you, for spoiling your wife with a hive of ...
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Bees | Care for Bees | Bee Diseases | Bee Mites | A healthy bee, is a healthy hive. Tag along and watch as I open up my hive and treat for foulbrood and mite control. It's an important step for beekeepers.

Spring Bees: “Foulbrood and Mite Control”

As if there isn't enough obstacles for bees and their keepers, there is the silent killers: foulbrood and mites. These come as disease and pests do: seemingly out of no ...
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Bees | Bee Care | Bee Swarm Control |Print off this FREE printable to help you manage your hives in the spring to help prevent swarming. Bee swarm control is easy and effective.

Spring Bees: “Bee Swarm Control”

I never imagined that owning bees was so... what is the word I'm searching for? In-depth. Or that they required so much management. My knowledge of bees, before I owned ...
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How to Install a Nucleus Colony | Print out the FREE printable on "how to install a nucleus colony" and watch the video provided to see how I installed my nuc.

“How to Install a Nucleus Colony”

Inside: This is one article from our beekeeping resources. <-- Learn more about bees! Below, print out the FREE printable on "how to install a nucleus colony" and watch the video ...
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Bees | Bee Care | How to Bees | Bee Hive| What your hive may look like ten days after installing a bee package. The honey bee life cycle has most likely begun with eggs, larva and capped brood!

The Honey Bee Life Cycle

Tens days after I installed my new package of bees, I opened up the hive to see what was happening inside. I removed the queen's cage and the box the ...
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Bees | Bee Care | Feeding Bees | Bee How to | Feeding bees in the spring. What do you do with the bees you wintered? That's a really good question and I hope to help you out with the answers.

Spring Bees: (Feeding Bees in the Spring)

Spring has sprung! Now what do you do with the bees you wintered? That's a really good question and I hope to help you out with the answers. There is ...
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Bees | How to Bees | Bee Care | Watch this video to get an idea on how to make pollen patties. Pollen patties are a high protein substitute that supplies lipids, minerals, and vitamins

How to make (pollen patties)

I have some happy bees now! I just added a pollen patty to each hive! I thought I would share with you how to make pollen patties. Pretty simple, but ...
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How to Install a Bee Package | Learn a great way on how to install a bee package! Print out a FREE PDF step-by-step guide. Join me, an average individual like yourself, in this adventure!

How to install a bee package in your hive

Inside: Besides this article, there are more beekeeping resources to take a look at. Learn a great way on how to install a bee package! Print out a FREE PDF step-by-step ...
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Winterizing bee hives | These 6 tips to winterizing bee hives will give you and your bees the boost they need to get through the winter months into spring and blooming flowers!

6 Tips to Winterizing Bee Hives

Inside: These 6 tips to winterizing bee hives will give you and your bees the boost they need to get through the winter months into spring and blooming flowers! This is ...
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Bees | How to Bees | Starting with Bees | Are you ready to get started with bees but not really knowing how or where to begin? Follow these 10 helpful tips to getting started with bees!

Bees: 10 Tips to Get Started

Right now, you may be like I was the spring of 2015: ready to get started with bees but not really knowing how or where to begin. I completely understand! ...
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