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!


Discussion Forum

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 Rob Shepler on February 21, 2014 at 6:07pm

A trap out potential near the airport in Alamogordo, don't know too much about it as my wife took the message. If you are interested in it call Kiki Holland at 575-443-4003. Let me know if you go so we don't double up on it. Thanks!

Comment by Paul McCarty on February 21, 2014 at 5:44pm

Ken - honestly the only way to learn this stuff is by getting dirty and doing it. You can sit around and listen to people talk all day, but actually doing it trumps everything.

Comment by Rob Shepler on February 21, 2014 at 4:24pm

Great job KEN!

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on February 21, 2014 at 3:18pm

The swarm relocation may have a happy ending. I managed to get them a really sweet piece of real estate at the mouth of Alamo Canyon on a sizable parcel of land owned by a friend who does a lot of organic gardening and had complained about a lack of bees for pollination last season.

He reports a good number of bees coming and going into the hive box and a large interest in the syrup from the feeder that had leaked out onto the landing pad. He saw several at water in his yard and had not seen any bees before.

He's real excited about it. Has called me at least 3 times today already. We may have another beek.

Comment by Rob Shepler on February 21, 2014 at 4:54am

Just a reminder that Melanie Kirby will be speaking tomorrow at the fairgrounds in Alamogordo from 1:00 till 4:00.

This is a great chance to meet someone who has changed beekeeping in the Southwest. Her two day seminars are $200.00 in Northern New Mexico. This is the first time she will be speaking in Southern New Mexico. This engagement has been two years in the making and may not re-occur.

This is NOT solely on queen breeding, if you have bees or want to have bees what she will have to say will be of benefit to you! She is one of the best speakers that I have ever heard. Please don’t miss this great opportunity!

Please let me know if you can make it. It is short notice and one that you should not miss if you have any interest in bees. Cost is $10.00. Please call Rob Shepler, 575-687-2343

Comment by James H DAWDY on February 21, 2014 at 12:03am

Kenneth- Mann Lake often has free shipping on orders over $100.  I won't hardly order from any places that charges shipping- the prices are just too outrageous.  Also, check  They have a surprising variety of bee stuff, and if you have Amazon Prime, some of it will be shipped free.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on February 20, 2014 at 8:58pm

Not sure how my second attempt to capture the swarm went. They had re-swarmed outside the hive box today very close to the ground. Rob suggested a bee vac. Lucky I still had Ralph Ketters to try out. Your design seems to work OK Ralph but even though I used  larger diameter tubing than you had on it I still think the tubing may need to be bigger.

I hope I didn't kill too many with the vac or my brush, which is not a very good bee brush. It's for sweeping snow from your car windows and the bristles are far too stiff for bee work.

It took a full half hour to vacuum all the cluster up. I swear they were multiplying as I worked. The sun was down again when I finished up and moved all my equipment to the truck. Pulling off my hood I found a 4" cluster on the front of my hat. Everything was already put up and it was almost dark so I gently placed my veil in the hive box for transport. Had pretty good luck knocking and sweeping them into the box but probably killed many with the stiff brush. At least it was cold enough they weren't trying to sting me even though I had no hood to put on yet.

Left syrup in an entrance feeder hoping to entice them to stay put. I'll know tomorrow I guess.

Free bees are really a lot of hard work, at least the way I do it!

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on February 20, 2014 at 8:42pm

Paul, I think you have a suit with zippered hood. Where did you get it?

Comment by Diana Calkins on February 20, 2014 at 10:49am

I ordered the men's goatskin for Robert and the women's goatskin for myself.  So far, no more stings on the hands.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on February 20, 2014 at 9:51am

Thanks Diana. I have a nice tie down from Mann Lake that has been serving well but 2 got through last night. No stings but disconcerting anyway while you are trying to work. I will revisit Brushy's and get the suit ordered PDQ as I have some wild removals coming up. Did you get the goatskin or the cowhide gloves?


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