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!


Discussion Forum

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 yesterday.

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 W.C. Arnold Jr. on April 13, 2014 at 7:25pm

Jeanne Kjos and I removed a very nice and large hive today in Alamogordo.  I hope she had fun.  Here is the hive in their new home.  This hive actually split yesterday, but we didn't find the other swarming half yet.  Jeanne is vacuuming up the bees in this picture.  It was a learning experience for both of us.

Comment by Diana Calkins on April 13, 2014 at 6:44pm

Well...Robert just reminded me that we did see two queen cells on April 3, but I thought they were old ones from the fall that hadn't been reworked.  NOW I know better.

Comment by Paul McCarty on April 13, 2014 at 4:40pm

I had a hive throw an overcrowding swarm last week. They were queenless and raising a new queen too. Sometimes it happens. Mine flew off - Cie la vie!

Comment by Diana Calkins on April 13, 2014 at 11:27am

Well damn.  Did a split on hive #1 on March 30.  Checked it on April 3 and went through the entire brood nest; saw no queen cells.  And today they are SWARMING!!!  I'm stuck in the house with stuff in the oven so Robert is going to do his best to capture it.  At the top it is about 6" wide.  The length is more than 2 feet.  

Hoping it goes better than the attempt last September. 

Comment by Paul McCarty on April 13, 2014 at 8:34am

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 April 12, 2014 at 11:24pm

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 April 12, 2014 at 8:16am

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 April 12, 2014 at 8:14am

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 April 11, 2014 at 6:02pm

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.


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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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