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Here is another petition from Credo, I don’t see a conflict in signing two petitions, we sure could use the pressure.

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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 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!

Comment by Mariel Campbell on February 17, 2014 at 3:06pm

Thanks, Rob! I'll give it a try.

Comment by Paul McCarty on February 17, 2014 at 3:00pm

Mariel, sugar will work usually, I do it regularly. The floor is not the best location, but a top bar or long hive does not leave many options.

Comment by Rob Shepler on February 17, 2014 at 2:52pm

Melanie Kirby & Mark Spitzig

Of Zia Queen Bees will be speaking Saturday February 22nd at the County Extension office in Alamogordo.  

Melanie and her husband Mark run the highly respected Zia Queen Bees in Truchas New Mexico. Zia is known for their “Survivor” queens. All of their breeding stock has endured through at least two winters and many through three or four. Melanie has been keeping professionally for 17 years and Mark for 14.  Last year Melanie served as the President of the Western Apicultural Society of North America and is one of the founders of the Rocky Mountain Survivor Queen Bee Cooperative. She is also the editor of the monthly Kelley Beekeeping online newsletter. Mark has been further developing his LongeviBee Breeding line which will launch this summer 2014. 

 Together they will be talking about the roll of the queen bee in the hive as the core and primary force behind behavior and management and how it relates to choices of genetic selection.  Melanie and Mark allow Father Time and Mother Nature to test their honeybee stock- basing their selection on longevity- which serves as the umbrella trait for hive characteristics.  They are both full of enthusiasm for their profession. 

 This is short notice and it will be well worth putting off what you had planned. They are squeezing us in between beekeeping trips to teach queen rearing Jamaica and  in northern California.

 Cost is $10.00, it will run from 1:00pm until about 4:00 or longer if we can keep them.

The County Extension office is at the Alamogordo Fairgrounds at 401 Fairgrounds, Alamogordo, New Mexico


Please contact Rob Shepler to reserve your spot! 575-687-2343 or


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