Southern New Mexico Beekeepers


Southern New Mexico Beekeepers

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Another petition

Here is another petition from Credo, I don’t see a conflict in signing two petitions, we sure could use the pressure.

My bees thank you!


Discussion Forum

New to beekeeping

Hello everyone, I'm happy to announce my new found hobby. I've web interested for years and now have time/space to get it going. I normally use reclaimed materials and hand make everything, adds a…Continue

Started by Jason Patton 3 hours ago.

Dog Canyon 1 Reply

Has anyone got the bees in Dog Canyon yet? If not, I will go. Claude Claflin 575-430-2911Continue

Started by Claude Claflin. Last reply by Rob Shepler yesterday.

Swarm 7 Replies

A student told me this morning that there was a swarm around one of her trees yesterday afternoon, and they were still there this morning, and they settled on the tree a bit later. I'm too new to…Continue

Started by Gloria Villaverde. Last reply by Paul McCarty Apr 17.

New Hive 1 Reply


Started by Kevin W. Thatcher. Last reply by Paul McCarty Apr 10.

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Comment by Paul McCarty on May 8, 2012 at 2:13pm

I have some hives I will be splitting soon, but they are on Lang frames. You could shake them, I guess, but I don't particularly relish doing it.

Comment by Diana Calkins on May 8, 2012 at 1:06pm

Are they Langstroth nucs, with frames or topbar?  If Langstroth, that could be a problem.

Comment by Rob Shepler on May 8, 2012 at 12:27pm


Ken recommends that we bring our own and transfer the bees into them. I may have a couple that I can lend out, we will have to see how many folks want to get them. His bars are 1-1/2 x 19-1/2 vs. our Crowder bars of 1-3/8 x 20. That may be a problem for me. I would encourage our group to standardize with the Crowder design so we can trade gear and or comb in an emergency.

Comment by Diana Calkins on May 8, 2012 at 11:54am

Rob, Robert is interested in a nuc, too.  He'd be willing to go with you as well.  Will these nucs come in a box?  Or should he get a small nuc hive built?

Comment by Patricia Drake on May 8, 2012 at 10:45am

Got close to that in rainfall and now it is just a light drizzle. I am also interested in getting some bee nucs in June if anyone else is going to Bosque Farms then. Be glad to chip in for gas. If anyone is interested in lemon grass oil, the herb shop in Ruidoso had it, it can be expensive though.

Comment by Rob Shepler on May 8, 2012 at 9:18am


Hi Jeannne! We have gotten about a quarter inch so far, hopefully more to come.

Depending on how swarm catching goes in May, I may drive up to Bosque Farms in June and pick up a couple of nucs from Ken Hays, let me know if you are interested and might want to throw in a gallon of gas or two. 

Ralph expressed an interest too, we will see where this goes……

Comment by Jeanne Kjos on May 8, 2012 at 7:24am

Thanks for setting this forum up Rob & Jessie.  I am finding it easy to use and very helpful.  How much rain did you get Rob?  We haven't gotten any yet here in High Rolls.  I am getting the area for my hives cleared and may be interested in getting some bees in June.

Comment by Rob Shepler on May 8, 2012 at 5:07am

RAIN! Just what we need to start the flow up here! Yippie!


Kent, that is a thing of beauty. A new hive.

Comment by Kent Huisingh on May 8, 2012 at 4:57am

I have one of the half size hives out with lemon grass oil in it. 

Comment by Diana Calkins on May 7, 2012 at 10:58am

Can you get the electric fence even before a bear invasion on your hive?  That's great if you can. 


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