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 Hive 1 Reply


Started by Kevin W. Thatcher. Last reply by Paul McCarty on Friday.

Pics of bees and Bloosoms


Started by Kevin W. Thatcher on Friday.

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.

Southern NM Hive Count 25 Replies

In another forum, Paul put out the question, "So how many hives everybody going into winter with?"  This is a great question and a means to get some stats for our area?So beeks in southern NM, how…Continue

Started by Diana Calkins. Last reply by Paul McCarty Mar 22.

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Comment by Rob Shepler on October 31, 2013 at 4:29am

Kenneth, that is the most disturbing study that I have seen to date.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on October 30, 2013 at 8:56pm
Comment by Paul McCarty on October 27, 2013 at 7:04pm

Sounds great!

Comment by Sam Barden on October 27, 2013 at 4:36pm

Although at night it has been getting into the mid-20's here in Sunspot, my bees, as of last weekend, were still bringing in pollen during the day.  I'm guessing that they must venture down the slopes towards Alamogordo as the flowers up here are almost all gone from the freezes.  They stopped taking sugar water a while ago, but are feasting on the sugar candy I've given them.  Still lots of brood in the comb and honey being stored above the brood and in honey only combs.

Comment by Paul McCarty on October 26, 2013 at 7:05pm

The heat depends on the sugar to water ratio as well as the altitude.

Comment by Paul McCarty on October 26, 2013 at 7:03pm

Just leave it out (the pollen sub). The temps are what I use here in High Rolls.

Comment by Diana Calkins on October 26, 2013 at 5:56pm

Can it be made without the pollen substitute?

Do you compensate for altitude when figuring the boiling temperature?  From my candy making days I learned to lower the recommended temp 12 degrees in order to not burn the mixture.  The amount to lower it by depends on your altitude.  Here in High Rolls, water boils at approximately 200 degrees.

Comment by Paul McCarty on October 25, 2013 at 10:48pm

Leave out the lemongrass if you are worried about robbing - it's a dinner bell to bees.

Comment by Paul McCarty on October 25, 2013 at 10:47pm

If they are top bar hives, you may have to get creative on how to feed it to them. You can feed syrup if you put it in the back in an open spot so that robbers have to go through the front. I have been feeding my lighter hives with no problems.

Here is my recipe:


Mix 4 lbs sugar with 2 cups of water and 1 tblspoon of apple cider vinegar. Bring to boil at around 220-238 degrees (soft ball). When boiling, stir continuously. Mixture will get milky and foam up, then will turn clear and foam will stop when it reaches the candy point. (If mixture turns brown, throw it out!) Remove from heat and stir in 1-2 cups pollen substitute and lemongrass oil (10 drops). Mix with blender until white and creamy. Pour into mold. Makes two large bricks. Caution -Burned sugar will kill bees!

Comment by Jeanne Kjos on October 25, 2013 at 6:43am


What is your candy receipe?  I have one hive that could probably use a little extra, but didn't want to feed syrup in case the stronger hive next to them started robbing them.


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