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.

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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 yesterday.

New Hive 1 Reply


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

Pics of bees and Bloosoms


Started by Kevin W. Thatcher Apr 10.

Is tipping necessary? 2 Replies

I asked Rob a question today he didn't have an answer for so I'm putting it out to the group.I was asked by a potential land owning bee landlord if there was any honey in it for him? I really didn't…Continue

Started by Kenneth Lee Henderson. Last reply by Paul McCarty Apr 7.

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Comment by Paul McCarty on August 12, 2012 at 10:04pm

Here is a pic of the clustered hive...

Comment by Paul McCarty on August 12, 2012 at 9:48pm

Took Ralph Ketter and my oldest son on a removal today. Nice little swarm hive from this Spring, living in a water valve box. Now they are living in my blue langstroth. Let's hope they stay.  Nice job Ralph!

Comment by Paul McCarty on August 9, 2012 at 4:30pm

This is off the subject, but I just grafted about a dozen late season queen cells. Hopefully they take. Finally got in a position where I could do it. Going to use them to re-queen my lowest performing hives. May have some extras available locally if they all take.

Comment by Rob Shepler on August 9, 2012 at 9:03am

Thank you for your kindness, Jessie, Dianna and Laura. I appreciate it very much.

Comment by Laura Weaver on August 9, 2012 at 7:15am

Rob, sorry to hear of the loss. On the positive side whoever you did the cut out for learned there is an option outside of poison for getting bees removed from their property.  Also, we have been hauling bees for decades and have heat kill, it is easy to happen.  Bees can melt down quickly.  We use a deep hive body with a screened lid and screened bottom board (we call them screen hives) to haul ~ 10 lb of bees at a time.  Thanks for doing all you do for the bees!

Comment by Paul McCarty on August 8, 2012 at 6:48pm

I do not like to transport bees in the vac. I have a screened box I use for that. Actually, it is my trap hive I use for that - it is designed for dual purpose function. Sorry to here it.

I have two bee removals tomorrow I am going to scout out. One sounds like a loser, the other sounds pretty decent - and mountain ferals too just like I am looking for. Will definitely need someplace away from my desert mutts of suspect origin to keep them.

Comment by Diana Calkins on August 8, 2012 at 4:07pm

Sorry to hear it, Rob.  I can only imagine how upsetting this was for you.

Comment by Jessie Brown on August 8, 2012 at 3:34pm

Oh Rob, that is terrible news, but it could have happened to any of us! So sorry for your loss.

That's the beauty of the clear tupperwear vacuum, you can see the bees all the time and check how they are doing. I've been having problems with suction lately.... so my vacuum isn't perfect by any means. for the tupperwear vac plans.

Comment by Rob Shepler on August 8, 2012 at 3:11pm

The purpose of this forum is to learn from each others successes and failures.  It is certainly a lot more fun to share successes, today I had a failure.


I went back down to El   Paso today to do the cutout that James posted. It was a beautiful vivid colony that had been there for quite a while and it was very big. My bee vacuum is a little 5 gallon job that did great on about 7 pounds of bees a week ago, on this hive I ended up with at least 15 pounds and they smothered to death on the way home. Heartbreaking, too many bees.


In retrospect I should have had a second vacuum, or a way to give them better ventilation. I know that Jessie Brown has a bee vacuum design that probably would have worked in this case. Ventilation is key in keeping them from overheating.


It is ironic that because this colony was so strong, it did not survive. In my innocence I went to save the bees, and in my ignorance I killed them. Ouch.

Comment by Kevin Schwebel on August 6, 2012 at 9:38pm

Paul, I don't have any yet, but am working  on it as soon as some equipment comes in.  Will keep you posted.  I don't have any use for more queens at the moment, but if I get viable cells you're welcome to some.


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