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 23 hours 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 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 Diana Calkins on February 20, 2014 at 7:41am

Robert's and my gloves work great, which I did get from Brushy Mountain.  So far, they have had better prices and availability for the things I've bought.  
We got our hive bar tools from Harbor Freight when we were in Las Cruces.  They aren't specifically for working with hives, but what the heck.  They work.
We use disposable paint suit from the local APY auto paint store but purchased suits from Brushy Mountain over the winter.  The tie down veils work well, but they really need to be checked to make sure they are down as they should be.  A full suit with zippered hood would take all the guess work out of it for sure.
My advice is to order what you need in the way of suits, gloves, veils as soon as possible before their stocks run out.  I tried to order these items late in the 2012 season (fall) from every company I could find, but everything was out of stock.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on February 20, 2014 at 7:24am

Thanks, WC. Speaking of basic equipment, I just did a small order with Brushy Mountain Bees for some feeders, lids, hive tool, brush, and frame wire. Total was $51 but shipping was $17. I am always dismayed when the shipping costs 1/3 of the order. There must be a better way?

I'm seriously thinking of upgrading my suit from my US Govt. white coveralls and tie down veil to a full suit with zippered hood and some good gloves. Could some of you out there make a suggestion as to where to get it and what I need? Thanks

And, while I am ordering, should I get some things I will need but don't know it yet?

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on February 20, 2014 at 6:42am

Don't worry Kenneth, sounds like you did well.  I still need to purchase a lot of the basic equipment also and I have no experience.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on February 20, 2014 at 6:35am

Paul, I wouldn't have a clue how to do that successfully. And I have no idea even what a queen cage looks like, much less have one.

Remember, the only actual queen I have ever seem is when you showed me mine in the toilet tank bees. Maybee I'll learn something this weekend at the seminar?

I figure if the swarm doesn't cut out today then I'm good. I lack the experience, knowledge, or equipment to do anything else.

Comment by Paul McCarty on February 19, 2014 at 9:34pm

You could also go through the swarm and cage the queen. That should keep them in place.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on February 19, 2014 at 8:36pm

Yes, probably was my only option. As it was sundown when I started maybe the scouts were already home.

I have no brood to give them so that wasn't an option either.

The hive box had had bees in it before and several frames still had some wax on them so hopefully it will smell like home.

Maybe someone needs to invent "New Hive Spray". Just a little spray and you're taking down the vacancy sign!

Comment by Paul McCarty on February 19, 2014 at 7:56pm

Yeah - just have to learn by doing really. Put the box or bucket under them and give a good shake. I almost never leave the box near the swarm, as I have found sometimes when the scouts return they convince the swarm to fly off away from your box. The best bet is to slip a frame of brood in to anchor them in place. In your situation, leaving the box might have been the only real option.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on February 19, 2014 at 7:15pm

Got a swarm call about 2PM from Rob. I had never done this before but Rob made it sound easy so I agreed to give it a shot. Of course, all of my stuff was in Dog Canyon but I was in town and I needed to make a hive base so off I went. It was 6PM by the time I got to the swarm and I probably should have called it a day and gone back tomorrow but I decided to give it a shot.

The cluster (about cantaloupe size also) was about 5 feet off the ground in a bush. Here is where I learned I should have brought a bucket or box to hold under the swarm as I attempted to cut it loose. I did manage to get lucky and get most of the bees into the hive box but some dripped off and I lost some in the underbrush and grass.

Put the cluster in the box and shook them loose from the branches, slipped the frames back in then put the top on. Messed around trying to gather the bees in the bush but I was working by flashlight by then so finally gave up and called Rob. He suggested to leave the box overnight and check it tomorrow. If they stay in the box I will go back at dark tomorrow and move them to their new home.

So much to learn, so many ways to screw up.

They seem very mellow as several made their way somehow into my veil but never stung me as they buzzed around my face. Three made it home with me and had to be dispatched as they buzzed around the house refusing to be caught.. 

Comment by Ralph Ketter on February 17, 2014 at 4:52pm

Presidents Day Swarm-

Thanks for the swarm call Rob.  It was a nice size for such an early swarm (about the size of a small cantaloupe).    They were only inches off the ground in a Mesquite bush.  After removing tumbleweeds and pruning off excess branches, I was able to tip my top bar nuc box and get one corner under them.  

I cut the remaining branch and lowered them in the box.    I had one top bar with empty comb and a small amount of honey along that I had robbed from my other bees.  It seemed to ba an immediate hit with the swarm bees. Even though I think I got over 99% of the swarm was in the box, I left it there and will go back after dark to retireve it.

Comment by James H DAWDY on February 17, 2014 at 4:33pm

Bringin' in the pollen!


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