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 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 yesterday.

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 on Tuesday.

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 Apr 17.

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 February 24, 2014 at 5:52pm

My plums are blooming - also picked up a swarm today from near the golf course. We could probably start making splits and "float a check" on the queen, but I want to wait a week or two for insurance.

My bees hardly touched their stores, also, I have two boxes of extra honey left I will be using for nucs.

Comment by Diana Calkins on February 24, 2014 at 1:37pm

Went through my topbar hives just now.  Hive #1 ate all of the full bars of honey that were left for them.  That's FIVE bars: numbers 13 through 17.  Half of bars 11 & 12 had capped honey.  Worker brood was seen on bar 10, I think.  Really need to bring a notebook out there with me.  Bees were very calm.

Hive #2 is now the strongest hive and had brood starting on Bar 13; bar 12 had drone brood.  Found a full bar of capped honey.  They were relatively calm.  Glad to see we don't have to worry about swarms for a few weeks yet.  They are loving the flowering quince next to the hive.  It's in full bloom.  The wild apricot is only a couple of days behind.

Going to put a screen over the entrance tonight, then try to help Robert move hive #2 tomorrow morning.  Wish me luck.  Can't carry as much weight as I used to.

Comment by Ralph Ketter on February 24, 2014 at 10:27am

Went through my hives in La Luz this AM.  The new one (swarm from one week ago) have a good start on two new combs each about 6x6".

The stronger hive (Italian heritage) have greatly expanded the brood over several combs.  I did not observe any drones but I did observe capped drone brood at one end of the nest.  I found one queen cell that I think was old and it appeared empty but I will be keeping an eye on it as I intend to split this hive this when I see swarm cells starting.

Comment by Rob Shepler on February 23, 2014 at 6:52pm

Welcome Joel! Good to have another neighbor keeping bees!

Thank you for stepping up and offering to drive, you will get some takers I am sure.

Comment by Paul McCarty on February 23, 2014 at 4:30pm

From what I saw when I was in my hives today, I am estimating doing my first swarm control splits in about 3 weeks here in the Alamo area. My High rolls bees will be later. They are definitely bringing stuff in and brooding up. Pulled off a lot of my extra winter honey, but will be using it for nucs and splits.

Comment by Paul McCarty on February 23, 2014 at 4:24pm

Keep them out of the sun - and keep them misted.

Comment by Joel Fyock on February 23, 2014 at 10:27am

OH those who want to order package bees from papabear' can go to thier site and order direct with PayPal or other methods. Joel Fyock

Comment by Joel Fyock on February 23, 2014 at 10:25am

New Member here Joel Fyock from Robin Hood Subdivision between Cloudcroft and Mayhill. Letting everyone know that I'll be driving up to Albu to pick-up Package Bees from PAPABEAR'S on what is scheduled for March 26th (could change). At Present I'd hope that I'd be able to pick up by 9am-10am and be back to Cloudcroft area by 1pm-3pm to distribute bees. Looking for a little help on gas $ and someone to ride shotgun.

   For those that have transported bees, do I need to keep bees in cab of truck or can they be transported in a box in back of truck?

Comment by Rob Shepler on February 22, 2014 at 6:52pm

Welcome Bob!  And thank you for being our Alamogordo guinea pig!

Comment by Diana Calkins on February 22, 2014 at 6:45pm

Welcome to the group, Bob Skaar.


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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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