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 19 hours ago.

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 Paul McCarty on November 6, 2013 at 9:04pm

$8 a half pint seems a tad steep for normal honey, but yes, it would sell if it was marketed as varietal - which is the niche I am after. I sold half pint creamed mesquite honey for $8 bucks and it sold like crazy. $8 dollars for that amount of raw natural honey is not out of the question. Have to remember our product is not the same thing as found in the store, so there really is no comparison. Have to think of the work involved in it. Not only that, the price of honey keeps climbing. It is basically liquid gold in many areas.

Comment by Diana Calkins on November 6, 2013 at 7:55pm

Thanks for the input, Paul.  We had one person selling honey at our market a couple of years ago and getting $8 for a half-pint.  I agree, we should not sell our product for too little, but only mentioned what he got for his half-pint so illustrate how badly people want local honey, not as a suggested price.  He sold it all but it took a while.

Comment by Diana Calkins on November 6, 2013 at 7:38pm

Robert and I are up for talking to local businesses to see if we can make a bulk order on glass jars, pint and 1/2 pint sizes, and get a discount from them.  If you are interested in doing this, let me know.

Comment by Paul McCarty on November 6, 2013 at 5:48pm

I have found the most cost effective containers to be good old mason jars, but there is a sizable percentage of buyers who want a squeeze bottle, or are specifically after comb honey.

Comment by Paul McCarty on November 6, 2013 at 5:46pm

$2 dollars a lb is the going commercial rate. That being said, I have been selling a pint jar of raw honey for $10, half pint for $5, and chunk comb for $12. I think I am priced a bit low, and will be raising my prices next year, since my honey is unique in many ways - mostly mesquite and chamisa. I also sell creamed honey - it goes for about $2-3 dollars more per jar than regular honey. I normally sell out in a matter of days, so I am pretty sure I can go higher and still get purchasers. I only had a few production hives this last season, as the bulk were splits for next season, but out of these I got about 300-400lbs of honey.

Farmer's markets in many areas are flooded with honey from producers that are trying to dump it for cheap. Many of them make their money off bees or pollination and are willing to sell a pint for $5 bucks or so. Not a good thing and we really need to make sure we are all on the same page in this region. Best to follow the commercial prices.

Comment by Diana Calkins on November 6, 2013 at 10:47am

Does anyone have pricing recommendations for the sale of honey?  I'm not selling now but if all goes right over the winter, I will next summer.  I plan to use glass containers only and wondered about pricing for both 8 oz and 16 oz sizes. I've seen the pricing all over the place, the most being $8 for a 1/2 pint jar, so want to know a fair price for both beekeeper and consumer.

Comment by Diana Calkins on November 4, 2013 at 11:25am

Today I thought I would remove all bars of comb & honey from bar #16 back, but found today that both hives are still building comb and bringing in honey.  Removed some but left all of the uncapped bars to check in a couple of weeks.  Hive #1, which was reduced in numbers after the swarm, seems to have recovered.  Lots more bees there today, so I have more hope that they will make it through this winter.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on November 4, 2013 at 10:51am

I discovered it is going to be very hard to feed my tree-bees. A few days ago I discovered the hive a frenzy of activity. Went and looked at the other two and saw just the usual so went back to the tree and removed the feeder. Within a half hour the activity was almost back to normal. I didn't see any dead bees so I don't guess there was much fighting. Hoping there was not much robbing either.

I put the entrance reducer into the toilet tank bee hive last week. Used the cutaway that is about 3/8" X 6". It is getting colder at night and I thought it might slow down the moths. Only found one the last time. The bees were not so crazy about it at first but seem OK now. What do you think Paul?

Comment by Diana Calkins on November 2, 2013 at 5:04pm

No, won't touch the brood nest.  Thanks, Paul. I thought we could go into the hive when it's nice out but wanted another opinion.  Appreciate it!

Comment by Paul McCarty on November 2, 2013 at 4:34pm

Definitely harvest some extra honey. It will crystallize over the winter.


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