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 6 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 Rob Shepler 5 hours ago.

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 Sunday

Some hives never get it right and you have to fight with them to keep them straight. Cut-outs are particularly bad since you have a lot of oddball comb strapped in place.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on Sunday

The first swarm I captured about 2 months ago had started bridging between 2 frames. This is what we found when we went in.

First pic shows the bridging wax. The 2 frames were connected together pretty good. I took my hive tool and scraped the wax off. Also notice the broken honey cells. The bees had built, filled, and sealed cells without anyway to access them later except to chew through the walls of the comb. Is this normal?

Second pic shows the brood on the other side of the frame in pic 1. Looks like they are building members.

Third pic is the side of the other frame joined to the frame in pic 1. A good amount of honey but you can see where it was connected to the other frame where the cells are broken.

There were two more frames that we carefully lifted partially that seemed to be mostly brood. I was afraid of doing more harm than good so we closed it up without shifting any frames. Should I have?

Comment by Richard Berg on Saturday

My hives are sheltered and if we have a really windy day forecast, I'll put bungee cords around them and weight them down. Its the smoke that I think is a bigger problem for me...

Comment by Richard Berg on Saturday

For ant control we use either borax (20 mule team) or cheap cornmeal. If you use corn meal - use a lot of it. I usually dump 2 full cups on a nest and then keep doing it till they croak. They eat the cornmeal, swell up, and burst.

Comment by James H DAWDY on Saturday

Going to get windy- what are the group's thoughts on our windy climate and it's effect on bees?  I *suspect* (can't give any hard data) that we see a decrease in honey production due to the winds, and I also strongly suspect we have a significantly higher incidence of queens failing to mate than those who live in less windy areas.  I've also learned not to leave my hives out without a windbreak and  the heaviest weights I can get on top- I've had what I think were microbursts scatter the supers all over the yard...despite rocks/bricks on the tops.  Even 50mph gusts are no joke.

Comment by Jeanne Kjos on April 11, 2014 at 9:40am

Thanks Bill, Sunday at 11am would be great.  You can call Michele at 575-491-6859 and get directions to go over to her house this afternoon.

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on April 11, 2014 at 8:27am


I can do the extraction on Sunday, but after church at about 11 am.  I will be in Albuquerque on Saturday.

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on April 11, 2014 at 8:17am


Can we go look at it today,  to see what we have in there.  Thanks,


Comment by Rob Shepler on April 11, 2014 at 6:09am

Hey Jeanne! See if you can get her to send a photo of the shed and entrance area, sometimes a picture will help to know what kind of tools to bring and how much damage the removal will cause.

Comment by Jeanne Kjos on April 11, 2014 at 5:38am

Would anybody be available this Sunday morning (4/13) to do an extraction of some bees out of a friend's backyard shed?  She lives on N. Florida in Alamogordo.  I could meet you at the Taco Bell next to the Toyota dealership on White Sands at 10am and take you over to her house.  There could be a lot of bees in there because they have been living in her shed for a couple of years.  If you are interested, please reply via this comment wall.  Thanks!


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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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Vice President: Craig Noorlander,

Secretary: Mike Fickling,

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