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 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.

Comment by Rob Shepler on February 26, 2014 at 5:30pm

Congratulations to our newest beekeeper Bill Arnold, he caught his first swarm today and he is on his way! Can't wait to see your photos.

Here are Paul McCarty's secret feed recipes, feed those new bees up!

Paul’s Secret Bee Recipes
(Tried and found to be successful in varying degrees)

1:1 syrup – 4lb sugar mixed with 8 cups of water. Heated and stirred. Mix in equal amounts of lemongrass and spearmint oil (8-10 drops) and 1 tblspoon of apple cider vinegar. Makes a little over 1.5 gallons. DO NOT BOIL!

For 2:1 syrup, reduce amount of water to 4 cups per 4lbs of sugar.

Mix 4 lbs sugar with 2 cups of water and 1 tblspoon of apple cider vinegar. Bring to boil at around 220-238 degrees (soft ball). When boiling, stir continuously. Mixture will get milky and foam up, then will turn clear and foam will stop when it reaches the candy point. (If mixture turns brown, throw it out!) Remove from heat and stir in 1-2 cups pollen substitute and lemongrass oil (10 drops). Mix with blender until white and creamy. Pour into mold. Makes two large bricks. Caution -Burned sugar will kill bees!

Comment by Rob Shepler on February 26, 2014 at 8:47am

Size does matter! Do you want 100' or a 150' Fence?


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