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 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 23 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 Rob Shepler on March 14, 2013 at 11:01am

I just talked with Jerry Radcliff of New Mexico Game and Fish, he has BEAR FENCES for those that need them. His number is 575-586-2116

Comment by Paul McCarty on March 13, 2013 at 3:23pm

I gave up screened bottoms. I simply use a series of 76mm screened vents. The screened bottoms seem to be dust collectors in the desert, and allow too much cold in during our windy winters.

 I personally feel genetics and management style makes a bigger impact on parasites than screened bottoms. Just my opinion.

Comment by James H DAWDY on March 13, 2013 at 2:55pm

Screened top/bottom boards:  Do you use them in the summer?  Do you think it makes a difference?

Comment by Paul McCarty on March 9, 2013 at 5:59pm

It might be easier to suck them up in the dark  - if you can reach them and not kill yourself on the ladder. Use a red flashlight.

Comment by Rob Shepler on March 9, 2013 at 1:25pm

A cute video on swarm capture. Wait till dark to move them! Some of the bees are out looking for a new home if you move them in the day.

Comment by James H DAWDY on March 6, 2013 at 3:05pm

Finally.  I was beginning to wonder if I had a failing queen, because I had not seen eggs, just a couple of patches of capped brood a little smaller than the palm of my hand.  But when I checked today, there were eggs in most of the cells- although a lot of the rest of the cells were full of syrup, so I'm not doing any more feeding.  Also some some drone brood.  I guess Her Highness has officially decreed that spring is here.

Comment by Paul McCarty on March 2, 2013 at 11:43pm

My records also show all my hives were honey-bound on March 1st, and I had already made two swarm control splits by March 10th.

Comment by Paul McCarty on March 2, 2013 at 11:41pm

By the way, my calendar for last year shows on Feb 26th I had seen my first drones, and willow, apricot, and Cottonwoods were in bloom.

When you see your first drones, and it is a second year hive - you had best have a plan for swarming because the bees are already ahead of you.

Comment by Paul McCarty on March 2, 2013 at 11:36pm

Don't let the cold fool you. If it gets warmth from the sun during the day - all they need is 65 in the hive to draw comb. My first year I was shocked to find my bees had socked away two deeps of willow tree honey AND drew comb during a period in which it was consistently down into the 20's at night. If they are bringing in pollen, it's a sure bet they are raising brood. If you haven't started feeding, you might want to start soon.

It has been in the 45-50 during the day and down into the low 20's at night for the last two weeks. Today when I opened them up, I had to scrape the burr from the top of the frames out of at least 4 hives, and one had glued it's candy brick in place with wax. Definitely building up.

My bees in the desert are even more active, though the pollen is not as strong. I gave them pollen patties last week and have been feeding them 1:1.

I use burlap blankets over the top bars of my hives and one had full combs drawn hanging down to the top of the frames. All of them are totally ignoring the candy and pollen patties I put in back in the deep of Winter. That usually means something else is coming in probably the early Willows on my side of the highway.

Comment by Diana Calkins on March 2, 2013 at 9:54pm

Got up to 68 here in the mountains today.  Right now it is a balmy 39 F. at 11:00 p.m.  Supposed to be warm again tomorrow but the wind forecast isn't good.  Was hoping to get into the hive tomorrow.  There is lots of coming and going with that creamy white pollen being brought in.
Paul: last Saturday ours were not drawing new wax yet.  Should have checked today but got busy and then got too exhausted.


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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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