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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 57 minutes 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 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.

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Comment by Paul McCarty on March 3, 2014 at 10:05pm

That's pretty sickening.

Comment by Rob Shepler on March 3, 2014 at 7:09pm

This was posted on the Sangre De Cristo beekeepers site and is worth sharing. Interesting times that we live in.

Message from Maria Cruz:
I'm writing to see if you're interested in doing some honeybee advocacy around pesticides.
A couple of days ago, I received an email from Bayer (yes that Bayer that makes pesticides) asking me if I would rent a couple of frames of bees for  them to use at the National Farmers Union Conference here in Santa Fe on March 8th-11th. They got my name from the Alb Beek website.
Yikes! We emailed back and forth, and the discourse was pretty sickening. They are exhibiting a "bee health" booth with focus on honeybees and Bayer's efforts on honeybee research. Basically, they are hiring beekeepers for PR to offer credibiltiy --they want farmers and beekeepers to be on board with neonicotinoids--stating they don't harm pollinators in any way and are completely safe to use. FYI-sponsors are Syngenta, Dow, GMO, Monsanto etc.) 
In the past year, Bayer and Monsanto have organized conferences,built "bee centers"
and announced "bee care tours" working to hone their credibility as concerned advocates for bee health. This is part of it. Meanwhile they keep selling and marketing neonicotinoids.
Are you interested in organizing a protest outside the conference? I don't know if that's your cup of tea, but I'm new to the beekeeping community and I'm looking for ways to  voice my outrage. Also, I'm sending a letter to the editor of SF New Mexican on this issue. I'd be interested to have your input, guidance or suggestions.
Thanks! All the best!
Maria Cruz
Comment by James H DAWDY on March 1, 2014 at 11:24pm

You guys may not have drones up in the hills, but I've got drones galore down here.  I've already split to open up the brood nest.  It's raining right now (oh thank the rain gods!) and hopefully that will really help jumpstart some spring bloom.

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on February 27, 2014 at 6:34am

I took a quick look at my new bees this morning, they are still in there, but it seems like there are less of them but I could be wrong.  I guess I need to feed them. 

Comment by Paul McCarty on February 26, 2014 at 9:27pm

Oh - looks like my swarm moved into their new home. Just an FYI. Can't imagine why they wouldn't, it's one of my oldest nastiest boxes.

Comment by Paul McCarty on February 26, 2014 at 9:24pm

Rob, this is not the real swarm season. This is the pre-season opener. There's not even drones flying yet. The local ferals are "floating their paycheck" so to speak and spending everything before the deposit is made. Just you wait. March and April will be nutso.

Comment by Paul McCarty on February 26, 2014 at 9:22pm

In about 3 weeks your toilet tank bees will be packing it in. There's lot's for them when the time is right. My best hives are in places like that. Don't despair. They are still building up, and they were a bit small to begin with. They need to fill out the box, so keep feeding, feeding, feeding for now. I will start raising queens soon, so you will have an option to re-queen with some more beekeeper tolerant local blood.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on February 26, 2014 at 7:16pm

I'm still in for swarms. My cable reel bees experiment failed before it started. I discovered today the bees have left or died.

While feeding the toilet tank bees some syrup I watched the comings and goings. In 5 minutes I saw only 2 bees bringing in pollen. There is absolutely nothing for these bees here. What should I do? Make candy so they will have pollen?

There is a reason I named my place "Rancho del Muerto". 

Comment by Rob Shepler on February 26, 2014 at 7:06pm

I don't know how long swarm season will last and I am happy to share them if I get a call . I feel pretty fortunate having gotten three in February!

Who would like to catch swarms should this good fortune continue?

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on February 26, 2014 at 6:42pm

Woo-Hoo, I finally got my first hive today.  I went out on a swarm call that Robert let me know about.  One of our new members and one of my best friends, Claude Claflin went with me to help me.  Now we need to get him a Swarm.  The hive is in the box and back at my house tonight.  It is so cool to sit next to them and listen to them hum in their new home.  The simple things bring us the truest pleasure.

Thanks again for the call Rob.


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