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What you need to know when buying a beehive

Beekeeping is one of those hobbies where quick, easy, and cheap solutions don’t really exist and eventually turns people away with the daunting task of creating and maintaining a successful hive. The price of a successful hive comes down to, proper support and advice along with the right equipment at the right time. We assist our client’s with proper maintenance over the course of the season. Doing things right the first time simply helps our consumer to avoid costly mistakes and having to do everything all over again.

Tamarack Apiaries is taking the Flathead Valley area beekeeping world in to a whole new and exciting direction! We are not interested in selling bees and hives for the sake of selling them. We are intensely focused on making the hives we supply flourish for their owners and benefit the whole area. Neither the environment nor the consumer benefits from a hive that will survive for only a short time. The joy of beekeeping and the repair of our ecosystem depend entirely on creating beehives that survive!

When purchasing a hives from Tamarack Apiaries, you Have the option for us to service and maintain your hives! This is a brand new way of beekeeping that we are introducing to the area!  You can enjoy all the valuable benefits of hive ownership without having to go through the very long and steep learning curve on your own!  We can come out to your hive and do regular inspections and standard hive maintenance. Our services also expands to those who currently own honeybee hives and don’t have the time to care for them.  Don’t be embarrassed if you’re intimidated by your hive. Just call us!  We will prepare and set up the hive(s) on the property. Our professional installation is designed to make the honeybee’s job of taking care of and improving your property easy but also to integrate your new hive into your own residential environment so it may flourish naturally and peacefully co-exist with what’s already there.

When offering hives for sale, prospective clients have to take into consideration that we only offer a LIMITED number of hives per year. Our ability to provide hives is governed by being able to acquire honeybee colonies to fill them with. Once the hives are sold, we’ll have to get you on the waiting list. There is always a good chance that we can provide you a hive mid-season but that is dependent on our access to swarms and splitting existing healthy hives. If you are interested, please call us at 406-260-0564 or contact us through the website. We will be happy to answer any questions you have!

We sell Langstroth hives and Top Bar hives.

Our Standard Langstroth Hive $550.00

The Langstroth hive includes: two full deep ten frame boxes, two medium honey supper ten frame boxes, wooden bottom board, our custom heavy duty hive stand, feeder, queen excluder, metal covered telescopic hive cover, and entrance reducer.  Price also includes our own professional placement and set up of the hive on your property. Depending on the size of the colony we deliver, some hives initially use one or two Deep boxes.  The honey suppers will be added later on as the bees expand and grow their colony and need more space.  Our Langstroth Hive comes fully stocked with a colony of locally bred bees!

Our Top Bar Hive $495.00
The Top Bar hive consists of 31 inner bars for brood and honey storage that the bees will create naturally. Our Top Bar hive has customized observation windows along its length and a custom internal 3/4-gallon feeder. Our Top Bar Hive comes fully stocked with a colony of locally bred bees. Price also includes our own professional placement and set up of the hive on your property.

Tamarack Apiaries recognizes that a properly set up and maintained hive – done on your own, is a considerable investment taking into account hardware, boxes, frames, foundation, shipping, assembly, bees and queen, hive maintenance tools, and medications if needed. After this monetary investment, the expertise required to put it all together and make it prosper, takes years to obtain. Keeping this in mind, we think you’ll find our services rates are not a whole lot more than what it would cost you to do on your own!