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 yesterday.

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 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.

Comment by Diana Calkins on January 20, 2014 at 3:00pm

I forgot to mention that the "Stump the Beekeepers" segment of the annual meeting was very enlightening.  Ken Hayes (langs) and T.J. Carr (topbars) answered questions from the audience from both the lang and topbar perspective.  

Kent or Rob, I didn't catch what Ken said about how he prevents swarms.  I recall he said he puts the queen in one hive and all frames with queen cells in another, but it got confusing for me after that, especially when he said he moves one of the hive boxes to get the field forces (foragers ?).  Can either of you explain to me what he said?

Comment by Diana Calkins on January 19, 2014 at 9:53am

Was thrilled to hear Mark talk about the research that is going on and that the USDA wants to do research on the more stationary hives that many NM Beekeepers have.  I look forward to hearing the results, whichever way they go.

In the NMBKA, I see a lot of support and unity among Lang and TB beekeepers.  It was the unprofessional and confrontational presentation by Phil that I objected to.  It was a slap in the face to all those members of the NMBKA that have worked so hard to show support and acceptance for all beekeepers.  Personally, I'd like to know more about the langs and would have appreciated a well balanced presentation showing the strengths of each.  I was even hoping to win that wonderful langstroth doorprize!

Comment by Paul McCarty on January 19, 2014 at 7:04am

A lot of attention has come from our successes. That is true.

Comment by Rob Shepler on January 18, 2014 at 9:35pm

One other thing of importance, we non migratory beekeepers are apparently doing a better job keeping bees alive and the USDA bee lab in Tucson is interested in our successes in New Mexico. The “Southern New Mexico Beekeepers” are closest to Tucson and they may be interested in coming to see our colonies. Stay tuned, it is an important time in the history of the honey bee and we jut might get a chance to contribute.

Comment by Rob Shepler on January 18, 2014 at 9:19pm

Great meeting and a new President!

If you missed it we had a great annual meeting at the NMBKA today.

The featured speaker was Mark Carroll from the USDA and he was fascinating.

I did not catch all of his talks but he covered pheromone communication in the colony, varroa, bigger, meaner, faster. And how nutritional stress affects the queen mandibular pheromone that keeps her on top of her game and the colony happy. He was really good.

I guess the big news for me was that the USDA bee labs all have gotten a directive to work on pesticide interaction and have stopped all other work for the time being. Mark indicated that “Big Data” is coming into play and that they are using RFID chips as part of their work in analyzing the interactions. There will be a flood of reports coming out soon on their findings.


Phil Remick aired a little sour grapes during his presentation, being a langstroth supporter and being tired of hearing about top bars for the last couple of years his presentation centered around slamming top bar hives. As the presentation went on he began to draw the ire of several prominent top bar proponents. Our new President stood up and interceded, Phil was allowed to finish his presentation.


One of our new beekeepers from Artesia commented on the side that the disunity was pretty disturbing, and he is right. This is really about the bees and how we can keep them alive, and working together is the only way we can do it. It is a box that we put BUGS into, it’s shape is not as important as our relationship with the bees and our relationships with each other.


Your new board for the year is Jessie Brown as President (YEA!) Craig Noorlander as Vice President, DJ Nickles as Treasurer, Mike Fickling as Secretary  and Taylor Horst and Phil Remick as directors at large.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on January 18, 2014 at 8:04pm

Maybe I should have said the outer 3 frames on either side are empty of comb or bees. Just providing insulation for now I guess. Will not mess with them again except to feed.

Comment by Paul McCarty on January 18, 2014 at 7:18pm

You really should not pull frames until it warms up. That hate it when you mess with the cluster. They should calm down in the Spring.


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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.


2014 Association Officers

President: Jessie Brown,

Vice President: Craig Noorlander,

Secretary: Mike Fickling,

Treasurer: D.J. Nickles,


Phill Remick,

Taylor Horst,


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