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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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 on Friday.

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 Phill Remick on February 11, 2013 at 7:17pm

Hey Rob,

You told me I forgot :{  do u run TBH's or Langstroth.  It isn't a trick question, just curious

Comment by Rob Shepler on February 11, 2013 at 6:57pm

Welcome Phill Remick of New Bee Rescue!

Comment by Phill Remick on February 11, 2013 at 6:51pm

I have been wanting to join your group for a very long time!

Comment by Paul McCarty on February 8, 2013 at 12:04pm

I overwinter nucs and nuc sized hives all the time. Not really that hard. I have several single 8 frame deeps that I overwintered this year that had 3-4 frames of bees and they usually do OK if you give them access to food (candy bricks). They usually do make the best hives. I make lot's of splits around mid-summer and these normally become my big hives the next year. That's what happened with those bees you got from me. I was swimming in bees after making splits and doing removals.

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.

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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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President: Jessie Brown,

Vice President: Craig Noorlander,

Secretary: Mike Fickling,

Treasurer: D.J. Nickles,


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