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 16 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 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

Comment by Rob Shepler on February 17, 2014 at 2:41pm

I received a swarm call today and Ralph has gone out to get them, hopefully he will post some photos!

Comment by Rob Shepler on February 17, 2014 at 12:44pm

Welcome Mariel!

Comment by Mariel Campbell on February 17, 2014 at 11:48am

Thanks, Paul. I do need to come up with a better method. I've tried feeding them inside my hive using a follower board with a hole to create a separate space for them to access in winter. But I had trouble keeping the jar from leaking and was worried about it creating too much moisture. Maybe pure sugar would be better.

Comment by Paul McCarty on February 17, 2014 at 11:43am

Mariel - try feeding them inside your hive. You may have to get ingenious to create some sort of feeder you can put in the back. Or you can just dump some sugar on the floor in the back and hope for the best.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on February 17, 2014 at 10:40am

That last post may sound confusing to some. Muriel contacted and messaged me with her comment. I suggested she post it to the whole group.

This site is still confusing to me and I suspect others as well.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on February 17, 2014 at 10:37am


You got it. Now you may get some info from people that actually know what they are doing.

This is a great group and a wellspring of knowledge.

Welcome aboard!

Comment by Mariel Campbell on February 17, 2014 at 10:28am


I am up in Albuquerque with two TBHs I'm trying to overwinter, but I've had some similar issues. This is my first winter, and I had some bad luck with the hives over the summer so they went into winter with not enough bars of honey/pollen, only 7 each. I know I should have combined hives, but they were from different sources and I didn't want to lose the queens.Anyway, I've been feeding both from a community feeder anytime they've been active through the winter. This last month, however, I'm getting a ton of really dark bees at the feeder that are keeping mine away. These bees have either a completely black abdomen, partly black and partly dark orange with virtually no striping, or they are solid black, abdomen and thorax! I assume these are all from the same wild hive somewhere in the neighborhood, since they all head the same direction when they leave the feeder. So there does seem to be a lot of variation in coloration.

I've stopped feeding now since my bees aren't able to compete with these - although there isn't any sign of fighting or dead bees at the feeder. These bees fly at lower temps and later in the day than mine, which are part Carniolan.

I'm hoping the white and browish pollen my bees are bringing in from the elms and possibly mustards will see them through. If they make it I'll  move a hive or a split to Carlsbad. Good luck with yours!


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