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 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.

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 Paul McCarty on March 11, 2014 at 7:50pm

I have several removals of my own lined up.  I will be occupied for several weeks due to other issues though. You guys are going to need new queens I bet. I would also like to know where these bees are so I can include them in some samples I am collecting.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on March 11, 2014 at 1:56pm


The owner at 3 Rivers was open to relocating the bees but I was unsure how to keep them from just moving back in their old haunt until it can be sealed up.

Paul recommends moving them in a hive box at least 2 miles away for at least a week before returning them to the area.

That is what I plan to try out there as the owner wants the bees around but not living in the porch ceiling about 20 feet from the store entrance.

Good Luck! Ken

Hopefully Paul can get loose to help me as this is a little different deal than usual, but aren't they all?

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on March 11, 2014 at 11:11am


Unfortunately, you caught me on a bad day. I have a Dr.'s appointment at 1, a business meeting at 4:30, and a EAA meeting at 6.

I could have used the learning. I have a cutout at 3 Rivers coming up and it may be a solo effort. Paul has offered to help but I haven't heard back as to when he is available and these bees need moving soon.

Thanks, Ken

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on March 10, 2014 at 12:27pm


Claude and I are going to try and get these bees at about 4 pm if you want to come and hang out and laugh at us.  You mentioned experience, we are getting it as we go.  Kent and Jane have taught us a lot.  I went over to the house just awhile ago and got a good look.  It is still hard to tell.  I have a big clump of bees in one area and others working three of four feet away.  Maybe it is a new swarm that is just starting to build.  Come on over and we will learn together if you want to.

I have another family in Laborcita Canyon these might be good for.  I think they might be too close to my house to  relocate them to. 

Could one of our local experts weigh in on that?  I think my house is too close to relocate them as I live about 1/2 mile away.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on March 9, 2014 at 9:51pm


I would be happy to give a hand with this. More experience is what I need. I have already done 2 removals from under mobile homes. If they have been there a while it is quite a treat as they rain down on you. I didn't know about bee vacs then.

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on March 9, 2014 at 8:20pm

I just got back and they are cute little dark black bees.  They are living up under a trailer house.  I thought they might  just have been a swarm that had crawled up under the insulation but the gentleman of the house says he believes they have been there for at least 6 months to a year.  I told him I would come back tomorrow in the late morning so I could get a better view.  This might be a more involved cutout.  It's good that the people want them removed humanely. 

Thanks Ken, I will let you know when I find out more info tomorrow.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on March 9, 2014 at 7:50pm

Cool WC,

Let me know if you don't want them.


Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on March 9, 2014 at 7:43pm


The family lives a couples of blocks from me.  I am going to take a look at it and see what the bees look like.  I will let everyone know.


Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on March 9, 2014 at 7:36pm


Is it a swarm removal. I could do it tomorrow afternoon if so.


Comment by Rob Shepler on March 9, 2014 at 3:49pm

Here is another lead on a removal, it came from Aurelio Varella. Contact info is Name: Sandifer phone: 719-641-7874 or 575-430-4857 Address: 240 Hamilton rd, alamogorgo 88310

Please post if you are going to go get it!


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