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 on Friday.

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 Rob Shepler on December 17, 2013 at 5:32pm

They are out and about, had one of my girls come see me when I was12 feet up in the bucket of the backhoe with a chainsaw, they have a sense of humor.

Comment by Patricia Drake on December 17, 2013 at 10:22am

Yesterday was the first day it has been above 50 degrees in the afternoon in awhile.  Some are out today on the entrance board soaking up the sun and flying around some.

Comment by Diana Calkins on December 17, 2013 at 8:02am

Lots of cleaning and flying around here, too.  We've had so many nice days, they've been flying a lot.  I won't be opening up the hives until spring.

Comment by Kent Huisingh on December 17, 2013 at 5:03am

Yes my bees were flying around.  The large hives(going into winter) were also cleaning out the old dead bees.  I do have one hive that was kinda weak last fall( we did feed alot too) that had a little flying activity but not alot.  Maybe later this week when it gets warmer I will do an inside check.

Comment by Paul McCarty on December 16, 2013 at 9:18pm

My bees all woke up for a flight around the block today. How is everybody else doing? Hanging in there? This is the first year I have managed to have all of my hives cluster in small clusters and not try to fly much.

Comment by Rob Shepler on December 13, 2013 at 7:46am

Here is the agenda


Friday Jan. 17th, 2014

Noon-1:00 Registration

1-1:45              NM Department of Agriculture, Honey Bee Inspector

2:00- 2:45        Jerry Radcliff- bear fences

3:00-3:45         Mark Carroll


Saturday Jan. 18th, 2014

8:30-9:30         Registration and swap meet

9:30-10:30       NM Beekeepers Association Business Meeting      

10:30-11:30     Mark Carroll

11:30- 12:15    Guest Speaker

12:15- 1:45     Lunch/ Food Truck

1:45-2:15        Local Groups Announcements, Stump the Beekeeper

2:15- 3:00        Phill Remmick, 

3:00- 4:00        Mark Carroll

Comment by Rob Shepler on December 13, 2013 at 7:45am

New Mexico Beekeepers Association is pleased to announce our annual meeting


The main speaker will be Mark Carroll of the USDA Honey Bee Research Lab.

He will cover the new challenge of varroa control, meaner, faster and more lethal.

Nutritional stress, chemical challenges and how they affect queen quality. For more on Mark go here


The meeting will be at the 1st Presbyterian Church Downtown starting Friday January 17, 2014 at 12pm and continues through Saturday January 18, 2014 at 4pm.


Cost to the public is free, membership in the NMBKA is recommended.


Giveaways- We have 2 full Langstroth hives donated by Western Bee Supply Company via the Western Apiculture Society.


Coffee and Tea Provided. Boilerplate Food Truck will be available with freshly made sweet and savory crepes during lunch. 


Swap Meet with local vendors including Bookworks.


Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on December 3, 2013 at 8:25am

Was hoping it was a natural occurance. Think I will back up the syrup with dry sugar until I can get some candy made.
I have been feeding the wild bees with an entrance feeder and syrup. So far no fighting although the bees sometimes get stuck to each other.

Comment by Paul McCarty on December 2, 2013 at 8:52pm

Oh - also, when it snows, don't bee surprised to see bees trying to fly and making a kamikaze death plunge into the snow. It is normal too. It is nature's way of getting rid of the Summer bees and old foragers so the colony can survive better. Normally it barely affects them.

Comment by Paul McCarty on December 2, 2013 at 8:48pm

Normal housekeeping due to the cold weather. The don't fly when it is cold and windy and just push their dead off the landing board.

Also - you might consider putting on dry sugar. Just pour it on the inner cover around the hole so the bees can get it. Then check once a month and refill as needed. It will keep them alive if their food runs out.

You can also do it with a single layer of moistened newspaper on top of the comb/frames and covering it with a bag of dry sugar - moistened as you pour it on the paper in layers. Cover it with an empty super.


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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,

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