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 W.C. Arnold Jr. on Thursday

Claude and I arrived at the house and the bees were actually going into the soffit.  They had clumped around the soffit and brick where they had found a hole to enter through.  we are going back tomorrow to try and vacuum them out.

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on Thursday
On my way over there.
Comment by Rob Shepler on Thursday

Swarm in Alamo! 601 Monroe, contact Robin Rodriquez at 575-491-5702.

They are on the side of a house near the roofline, swarm about the size of a football.

Post if you are going after them! 

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on April 13, 2014 at 7:25pm

Jeanne Kjos and I removed a very nice and large hive today in Alamogordo.  I hope she had fun.  Here is the hive in their new home.  This hive actually split yesterday, but we didn't find the other swarming half yet.  Jeanne is vacuuming up the bees in this picture.  It was a learning experience for both of us.

Comment by Diana Calkins on April 13, 2014 at 6:44pm

Well...Robert just reminded me that we did see two queen cells on April 3, but I thought they were old ones from the fall that hadn't been reworked.  NOW I know better.

Comment by Paul McCarty on April 13, 2014 at 4:40pm

I had a hive throw an overcrowding swarm last week. They were queenless and raising a new queen too. Sometimes it happens. Mine flew off - Cie la vie!

Comment by Diana Calkins on April 13, 2014 at 11:27am

Well damn.  Did a split on hive #1 on March 30.  Checked it on April 3 and went through the entire brood nest; saw no queen cells.  And today they are SWARMING!!!  I'm stuck in the house with stuff in the oven so Robert is going to do his best to capture it.  At the top it is about 6" wide.  The length is more than 2 feet.  

Hoping it goes better than the attempt last September. 

Comment by Paul McCarty on April 13, 2014 at 8:34am

Some hives never get it right and you have to fight with them to keep them straight. Cut-outs are particularly bad since you have a lot of oddball comb strapped in place.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on April 12, 2014 at 11:24pm

The first swarm I captured about 2 months ago had started bridging between 2 frames. This is what we found when we went in.

First pic shows the bridging wax. The 2 frames were connected together pretty good. I took my hive tool and scraped the wax off. Also notice the broken honey cells. The bees had built, filled, and sealed cells without anyway to access them later except to chew through the walls of the comb. Is this normal?

Second pic shows the brood on the other side of the frame in pic 1. Looks like they are building members.

Third pic is the side of the other frame joined to the frame in pic 1. A good amount of honey but you can see where it was connected to the other frame where the cells are broken.

There were two more frames that we carefully lifted partially that seemed to be mostly brood. I was afraid of doing more harm than good so we closed it up without shifting any frames. Should I have?

Comment by Richard Berg on April 12, 2014 at 8:16am

My hives are sheltered and if we have a really windy day forecast, I'll put bungee cords around them and weight them down. Its the smoke that I think is a bigger problem for me...


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The New Mexico Beekeepers Association is a non-profit organization of private beekeepers, commercial beekeepers, persons interested in promoting the importance of the honey bee in the environment, and businesses related to the honey industry. Representing all regions of New Mexico, the Association maintains a close affiliation with the State of New Mexico's Department of Agriculture. Membership in the Association is open to all interested persons.


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