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!


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New Hive 1 Reply


Started by Kevin W. Thatcher. Last reply by Paul McCarty on Friday.

Pics of bees and Bloosoms


Started by Kevin W. Thatcher on Friday.

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.

Southern NM Hive Count 25 Replies

In another forum, Paul put out the question, "So how many hives everybody going into winter with?"  This is a great question and a means to get some stats for our area?So beeks in southern NM, how…Continue

Started by Diana Calkins. Last reply by Paul McCarty Mar 22.

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Comment by Kevin Schwebel on September 1, 2012 at 3:08pm

It's been a hard few weeks here at the bee ranchito.  I've been trying to get a heavy split to take a queen, but all to no avail.  After nearly 6 weeks, they've rejected a virgin, had a new queen abscond or not be accepted, and they weren't able to make their own either.  They were down today from nearly 6 lbs of bees to probably a pound or less. And they've had a laying worker.  There are a lot of funny-looking bees out there, so today I pulled the frames and dumped the survivors. A complete loss.

Comment by Paul McCarty on August 30, 2012 at 7:35am

Just removed bees from a plastic 5 gallon bucket. A very odd removal. Must have gotten 10 lbs of bees out of it.

Comment by Paul McCarty on August 27, 2012 at 10:57pm

My bees have been kicking out drones off and on all summer. They are still making some, not a lot. They are still dragging in nectar and starting to get defensive about it. I just started about a dozen more grafts. We'll see how these queens take. I need to check my high altitude bees and see what is up with them, but they are so mean I hate to do it. Last I checked they were raising 6 new queen cells from my most docile bees.

Comment by James H DAWDY on August 27, 2012 at 7:42pm

Rob- I just checked my hive and noticed exactly the same thing.  Lots and lots of worker brood, and drone brood like the bees think it's the June/July swarm-mating season- as a matter of fact, more drone brood than I've seen in the last couple of months (though not enough to be worrisome that the queen is pooping out).  Wonder if the bees know something about the onset of fall that we don't?

Comment by Rob Shepler on August 27, 2012 at 5:54pm

The Beeweaver hives have had a nice build rate, I hesitate to call these bees swarmy, they most certainly have a strong swarm impulse. They were not at all over crowded and they were not honey bound. The tassels on the clover are about half bloomed, so there is more nectar to be had up here, my hives are still building so I don’t think it is an effort to be rid of excess population before fall. Most of my hives are still laying and building brood at a good clip. I certainly did not expect this swarm at this time of year, but all of my hives are making drone brood. Go figure.

Comment by Paul McCarty on August 27, 2012 at 8:05am

Are they just building up too fast or are they just swarming regardless of hive size?

Comment by Rob Shepler on August 27, 2012 at 3:54am

These were the Bee Weavers again.

Comment by Paul McCarty on August 26, 2012 at 9:19pm

I don't have much luck with swarms. I prefer doing cut-outs. Very cool! Which bees were these?

Comment by Diana Calkins on August 26, 2012 at 4:17pm

How exciting!  How about you and Betsy come over next Sunday to take a gander at our hive?  As long as there isn't stormy weather, that is.

Comment by Betsy Shepler on August 26, 2012 at 3:26pm

It was amazing to see the little dance the scouts were performing! Even more amazing was to look at that big undulating ball of bees and Rob says "Oh! There's the queen!" and sticks his fingers into that buzzing mass on the branch and comes up with her! Wow!


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The New Mexico Beekeepers Association is a non-profit organization of private beekeepers, commercial beekeepers, persons interested in promoting the importance of the honey bee in the environment, and businesses related to the honey industry. Representing all regions of New Mexico, the Association maintains a close affiliation with the State of New Mexico's Department of Agriculture. Membership in the Association is open to all interested persons.


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