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 16 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 on Tuesday.

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 James H DAWDY on February 8, 2013 at 11:36am

Yep, I got the idea to compact them down into a "cozy-er" space from Phill Remicks class, and also to keep the entrances reduced except when you really need the ventilation.  Michael Bush says the nucs that make it through winter are always his best colonies, and I think I am going to give it a try next winter- should be easier to overwinter a nuc here than elsewhere.

I have fed some syrup to mine, and they are definitely putting it away fast.

Comment by Paul McCarty on February 8, 2013 at 10:53am

I have started to feed my bees in the desert 1:1 to get them stimulated for Spring. Only a few weeks now...

Comment by Paul McCarty on February 8, 2013 at 10:52am

Location is everything. Bees also like small spaces. I have heard the 5 frame deep nuc is the perfect size for a natural hive as far as volume goes. I have also seen people who use only 5 frame nucs and stack them for honey production. It is rare, but there are people who do it. Can't do it here, or they would blow over.

Comment by James H DAWDY on February 8, 2013 at 10:39am

Moved my surviving hive from farm/scrub land 15 mi. south of Deming to my backyard.  Man, what a difference the location makes.  Hive is the most active I've seen it, with lots of white/light-yellow pollen coming in from all the trees here in town.  Also, since it was only about 2-3 frames of bees, I moved them into a 5-frame nuc box, where I think they will do better, esp. when it gets chilly this weekend.

Comment by Paul McCarty on February 8, 2013 at 7:30am

I will be getting my car repaired - so I have to sit this one out.

Comment by Diana Calkins on February 8, 2013 at 6:43am
Too much to catch up with at home this weekend.
Comment by Rob Shepler on February 8, 2013 at 4:58am

 I was hoping to ride with you!

Comment by Paul McCarty on February 7, 2013 at 10:18pm

Any of you guys going to Leo Varela's bee club meeting on Saturday? I was supposed to go help him, but I can't because other issues came up.

Comment by Rob Shepler on February 7, 2013 at 8:18pm

Really great James. I wonder if you would post this on the NMBKA facebook page?

Great job, thank you.

Comment by Paul McCarty on February 7, 2013 at 1:32pm



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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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