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 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 16 hours ago.

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 Paul McCarty on March 19, 2014 at 5:50pm

I have not seen any drones. I am on pins and needles waiting and hoping they don't swarm before I can split. My bees down in town have drones, but at last check, they were not flying yet.I am waiting until they are strong enough to split. Only a couple are yet.

Comment by Rob Shepler on March 19, 2014 at 4:19pm

Bill it looks like capped brood and uncapped larvae. Eggs are too small to see in a photo like that, they look like tiny grains of white rice, about 1/16" long. They should be well centered in the cell and should stick up from the bottom. At this point in my life I need GLASSES to see them and I look for them every time I go in the colony, they tell me more about the queen, than looking at the queen does. Very seldom to I look for a queen, the brood really tells her story better.

Comment by Rob Shepler on March 19, 2014 at 4:15pm

Hey Ken, comb is a valuable resource in a colony, I would never recommend indiscriminate removal. If on the other hand you have some burr comb or some cross combing that prevents you from working the hive it does need to be dealt with. A beekeeper should be able to go through the entire hive without too much trouble. I look forward to your pictures! 

Comment by Diana Calkins on March 19, 2014 at 3:40pm

Paul, have you seen any drones leaving your HR hives yet?  I saw capped drone cells back on Feb 24 in hive #2, which is a warmer location than the other hive.  Haven't seen any drones there yet.  I think we're a bit colder here than at your place.

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?


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