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 March 16, 2014 at 11:18am

Welcome Kathy Henderson! Are we going to see bees start showing up in your paintings? It would be good fun.

Comment by Rob Shepler on March 15, 2014 at 7:10pm

Nice one Bill!

If they have eggs mixed in with the brood they can raise a queen from them, if you are unsure I would donate a frame of eggs from another hive. The queen will hatch out 14-16 days after the egg was laid.

From the look of the photo you may have gotten her. Did you see any bees with their bum in the air fanning? That is their method of spreading the queen's pheromones around so that the other bees can find Mom.

You may want to give the hive a few days and go in and see if you can find any eggs, if not give them a boost from a hive that you like.

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on March 15, 2014 at 6:43pm

They are clumping around the hive box in my yard.  I am running out of boxes. I need to get into my workshop and build some.

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on March 15, 2014 at 6:40pm

Now here is my question since I am learning  and have so much to learn.  The hive was so large, that I had a medium super and I decided to take a few thousand bees and about 5 frames of brood.  If I didn't get the queen and there is a good chance I didn't, will the bees I have produce a queen on their own or do I need to help out in some way? 

Any assistance is truly appreciated.

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on March 15, 2014 at 6:35pm

Kent Huisingh, Claude and I performed a removal today and there was a lot of beautiful honey.

Comment by Joel Fyock on March 14, 2014 at 5:32pm

Letting local folks from the Alamogordo-Mayhill area know that I'll be traveling up to Bosque Farms to pick up package bees from Papa Bears Honey on the 26th of March (expect to be back in area by early afternoon). Let me know if you'll need me to pick your bees up. Joel Fyock (Robinhood in Mayhill)  

Comment by Jeremy McK on March 14, 2014 at 4:48pm

Kenneth it sounds like you are talking about the inner cover.  It goes on top of your upper most super under the lid.  The individual supers just stack on each other.


Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on March 14, 2014 at 3:48am

Not really but I was thinking the same about you, the getting up early part. I've been up all night pondering a situation. Hope you at least got some sleep before 3:30. I find insight comes to me after anger and some beer drinking.

Comment by Rob Shepler on March 14, 2014 at 3:14am

Your term is probably correct, my lang experience is 35 years old! I hope someone else will chime in with current knowledge. You get up to early Ken!

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on March 14, 2014 at 2:48am

Rob, Maybe I used the wrong term. I was referring to the thin piece of Masonite with a frame the size of the box that has an oval slot about 3" X1" in the middle. That's what I was calling a divider.
I do have a queen excluder and if I understand the principal you would put it over the above mentioned opening to keep the queen from entering the top box. My personal preference is to raise more bees first, get more honey later, if that makes sense.

My question is, do I need to use said divider between the boxes or do you just stack them up one on top of the other?

And thank you James and Rob for taking time to larn me sumpin!


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