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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.

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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 yesterday.

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.

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Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on March 11, 2014 at 10:52pm

On a better news note, my friend in Alamo Canyon where I took the swarm took me into his backyard this morning to hear and see the bees at work on his N.M. Olive tree. There were hundreds and all loaded up like overweight bellydumps. He says he hasn't seen bees like this in several years.
It has been 3 weeks today since I took the hive over. Should I take a look in or leave them alone? And if I should look, what should I not do and what am I looking for?

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on March 11, 2014 at 9:13pm


Due to the commercial nature of this business also, like the LC trailer park, these bees are probably headed for extermination if something isn't done soon. I'll talk to the owner but I'm betting he isn't going to want to wait 2 more weeks. I may have to attempt it on my own.


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.



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