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 11 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 Diana Calkins on January 26, 2014 at 2:29pm

Sure, anytime Bill. Send me a message as this venue is open to the world.

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on January 26, 2014 at 11:51am
Diana, I would like to come over to High Rolls to see your hives sometime. I was speaking to your husband about it at the Albuquerque conference, which immensely enjoyed.
Comment by Diana Calkins on January 26, 2014 at 11:23am

Went to look at my grapevine to see how I want to prune it.  Decided to look at hive #1 and saw bees with pollen, very light and cream colored, being brought in.  I believe they are getting this from the chicken lay crumbles as they are crawling around on it.  
Thought to go look at hive #2 and couldn't see any pollen being brought in through the orientation flights going on.  This warm weather must have them building up.

Comment by Diana Calkins on January 26, 2014 at 11:02am

Not here...yet.

Comment by Rob Shepler on January 26, 2014 at 9:31am

It's January and it is too warm, I am having bad bear dreams already...... Anyone heard any rumors of Mr. Bear out and about?

Comment by Diana Calkins on January 21, 2014 at 8:25pm

Good to meet you and your family, too, Jeremy!

Comment by Paul McCarty on January 21, 2014 at 8:18pm

I have sold several shook swarms where you do just that. Put the queen in the box and shake in the bees. She is caged, of course.

Also an old practice is to use a swarm box - a box with a sort of funnel with an excluder for shaking in bees. You then caged the queen and do whatever you plan with the bees - make new hive or whatever. The theory goes that you can make them think they have swarmed by using this instrument and prevent swarm issues.

Comment by Jeremy McK on January 21, 2014 at 6:20pm

Yesterday I read something that might of been what the shook swarm was referencing.  It is kind of counter intuitive to the general opinion that comb is highly valuable to the bees.  The theory I read said to put an new empty hive in the old spot, catch the old queen and let her run into the new hive, then shake all the bees on the ground in front of the new fresh hive.  Hopefully the bees would move into the new hive like a fresh swarm.  The benefit being leaving behind mite infested comb/larva, pesticide build up, and other problems.  Seems a bit drastic, but sometimes drastic measures are appropriate.

By the way being an Abq person it was nice to meet a few of the southern bunch!

Comment by Diana Calkins on January 20, 2014 at 8:42pm

Got it.  Thanks!

Comment by Rob Shepler on January 20, 2014 at 5:19pm

The question was about “Shook Swarms” and they didn’t understand the question and I didn’t either, perhaps Kent can check in on that one if he has a better understanding.


Ken answered on how he does splits or divides, it could be called pulling a nuclease colony. If you find swarm cells in your hive, there is very little you can do about keeping them from swarming. So, you do it for them by finding the old queen and putting her in a new hive along with brood, eggs and honey. Do not take any swarm cells, leave them in the old hive. Move the new queen with the old hive a good way off, two miles is what he said.


A split can be done with a big hive that has no swarm cells as of yet, split it right down the middle “one for you, one for you,” like dealing a deck of cards. The trick about catching the field force is to position the weaker split (if there is one) where the old hive stood. If after a couple of days the population is unbalanced you can swap positions again and have the weak hive catch field bees for a while.


There are lots of ways to do splits, Michael Bush as a good page here.


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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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