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 3 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 yesterday.

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 Paul McCarty on February 10, 2014 at 10:07am

In the past, I have used a sort of modified version of "checkerboarding" with limited success. Basically you break up the dome of honey above the brood nest. Then I go in and pull some splits out of the brood nest and give them empty frames.

Comment by James H DAWDY on February 10, 2014 at 6:56am

Paul- What do you do for swarm control?

Comment by Diana Calkins on February 9, 2014 at 6:09pm

Thanks, Paul.  We have an elm tree behind the chicken house, but there were no bees around it.  It could be because it is situated so close to the highway.  There are large elm trees and juniper along the creek for them to visit.  So much to do; so little time.

Comment by Paul McCarty on February 9, 2014 at 4:10pm

Elm and Juniper - means things are about to get moving very soon. Better start thinking about swarm control. I'd say we have about a month before we see drones.

Comment by Diana Calkins on February 9, 2014 at 12:30pm

Both hives have lots of bees coming and going.  ALL those coming back to the hives are carrying a creamy, white pollen.  Could it be from the elm trees???  I thought at first that they were getting this from the chicken feed, but there is way too much for that and very few bees around the feed troughs.  

Removed the entrance reducers today so they now have a full 6" entrance.  There were way too many bees competing for that small 3/4" wide space we leave them for winter..

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on February 4, 2014 at 10:47am

I am running an entrance type feeder for my wild bees and I have noticed a bit of diversity in the visitors.

Some have a completely black abdomen tip (where the stinger is), some just a very small bit of black at the end, stripes of varying numbers and widths, different colorations, and differing lengths of abdomen.

Paul and others, what am I seeing in these differences? Different genetic makeups? Different species of bees?

Comment by Diana Calkins on February 3, 2014 at 5:32pm

Good to hear, James D!

Comment by James H DAWDY on February 3, 2014 at 4:28pm

Checked my hives- both of them doing very well.  Surprised me a bit, as I doubted they would make it through winter.  Put some honey and Ultrabee on them.

Comment by Rob Shepler on January 30, 2014 at 1:49pm

Got a call from Dave at Tularosa Vineyards and he is looking for some honey to sell in his showroom. If you have some to sell and would like a showroom, contact him at 

Comment by Rob Shepler on January 30, 2014 at 11:12am

I spoke to Gerry Radcliff of NM Game and Fish, he is planning on bringing bear fences down the first week of March.

The bear fence list that went around the room at the last seminar never made it back to me, if you want a fence BE SURE that I have your name!

He will have two options this year, a 150 foot length and a 100 foot length. 

I asked him about the warm weather and he said bears normally will graze on grass for about a month after hibernation and should not be looking for protein for a while. The bears will not be looking for bees before March according to him. I hope he is right.


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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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