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 11 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 Kenneth Lee Henderson on March 19, 2014 at 12:04pm

Rob, I am using Lang type hive boxes that contain 10 frames. I'm not sure how I could space them closer as there is no room for another frame. I will take pics.

Surely you are not recommending I completely destroy all these bees have built so far are you?

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on March 19, 2014 at 11:47am

We are going to start at about 5 pm tonight with Mr. Buchanan's hive.

We cut out a hive from a hollow tree yesterday south of Alamogordo.  I attached a picture to show Claude and his son vacuuming the bees up.  I took some brood stock and with what I think is fresh new eggs so my hive without a queen and start making a new queen.  Does the picture I attached look like there are fresh eggs in this new comb?

Thanks for all the help.  This Beekeeping is so cool.

Comment by Rob Shepler on March 19, 2014 at 11:34am

Wow! Good going Bill. You probably know it but just to cover it anyway, moving bees at night reduces losses and leaves fewer bees behind for the owners to deal with. Dusk is just fine, works just as well.

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on March 19, 2014 at 11:22am


Just to let you know, Claude and I will be helping Mr. Buchanan in Tularosa today with his hive on his lot.  The tree branch turned out to be a large tree trunk that is about twenty feet long and five feet in diameter.  We are going to use a tractor and chains to move the tree.

Comment by Rob Shepler on March 19, 2014 at 11:13am

If they are building comb between the frames, there is too much space and you should remove the comb and re-space the frames. Letting them build comb between frames makes if very difficult to work the hive in the future. Photos would be helpful!

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on March 19, 2014 at 8:02am

Posting this again as I got zero response so far---

Saturdays gentle spring breezes blew the top off the hive located in Alamo Canyon. Luckily I had my gear in the truck so I went over to recover it.

The bees have started making comb between 2 of the frames and the two frames are connected across the top by a bridge of very white comb. I didn't have my smoker with and didn't want to stress the bees unnecessarily so I just replaced the top with some rocks on top to prevent further blowoffs.

Should I go back in and separate these frames so I can see what's going on? If I remember what Paul told me, I should see some "empty" cells with a small white speck at the bottom which tells me I have a laying queen? I'm sure I will find pollen the way they are putting it up and perhaps some larva as well?

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on March 17, 2014 at 8:56pm

Paul, I have a chain saw but you sound pretty busy and I know I have 3 Rivers to do. However, if you are interested I would be in.

What do you think about the bridging I mentioned about 4 messages ago? Or maybe someone else has advice? 

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on March 17, 2014 at 6:26pm
I will at least go investigate this. Claude and I are cutting a hive out of a dead log south of town tomorrow.
Comment by Paul McCarty on March 17, 2014 at 6:14pm
That sound like an interesting one. I don't have a chainsaw or I would give it a shot.
Comment by Rob Shepler on March 17, 2014 at 11:18am

Another extraction opportunity! This one is really more of a pick-up-and-drop-off. Don Buchanan of Tularosa has a hive in a spool on his empty lot. There is a tree branch on top of it that must be dealt with, he offered to lift the branch with his tractor but a chain saw might work just as well. Sounds like a night job, just pick up the colony and take it home for a later trap out.

His number is 575-430-8868, please post if you are going to look at it so we don't double dip!

Be real, bee reel?


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