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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.

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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 yesterday.

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 Rob Shepler on January 30, 2014 at 11:12am

I spoke to Gerry Radcliff of NM Game and Fish, he is planning on bringing bear fences down the first week of March.

The bear fence list that went around the room at the last seminar never made it back to me, if you want a fence BE SURE that I have your name!

He will have two options this year, a 150 foot length and a 100 foot length. 

I asked him about the warm weather and he said bears normally will graze on grass for about a month after hibernation and should not be looking for protein for a while. The bears will not be looking for bees before March according to him. I hope he is right.

Comment by Diana Calkins on January 26, 2014 at 2:29pm

Sure, anytime Bill. Send me a message as this venue is open to the world.

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on January 26, 2014 at 11:51am
Diana, I would like to come over to High Rolls to see your hives sometime. I was speaking to your husband about it at the Albuquerque conference, which immensely enjoyed.
Comment by Diana Calkins on January 26, 2014 at 11:23am

Went to look at my grapevine to see how I want to prune it.  Decided to look at hive #1 and saw bees with pollen, very light and cream colored, being brought in.  I believe they are getting this from the chicken lay crumbles as they are crawling around on it.  
Thought to go look at hive #2 and couldn't see any pollen being brought in through the orientation flights going on.  This warm weather must have them building up.

Comment by Diana Calkins on January 26, 2014 at 11:02am

Not here...yet.

Comment by Rob Shepler on January 26, 2014 at 9:31am

It's January and it is too warm, I am having bad bear dreams already...... Anyone heard any rumors of Mr. Bear out and about?

Comment by Diana Calkins on January 21, 2014 at 8:25pm

Good to meet you and your family, too, Jeremy!

Comment by Paul McCarty on January 21, 2014 at 8:18pm

I have sold several shook swarms where you do just that. Put the queen in the box and shake in the bees. She is caged, of course.

Also an old practice is to use a swarm box - a box with a sort of funnel with an excluder for shaking in bees. You then caged the queen and do whatever you plan with the bees - make new hive or whatever. The theory goes that you can make them think they have swarmed by using this instrument and prevent swarm issues.

Comment by Jeremy McK on January 21, 2014 at 6:20pm

Yesterday I read something that might of been what the shook swarm was referencing.  It is kind of counter intuitive to the general opinion that comb is highly valuable to the bees.  The theory I read said to put an new empty hive in the old spot, catch the old queen and let her run into the new hive, then shake all the bees on the ground in front of the new fresh hive.  Hopefully the bees would move into the new hive like a fresh swarm.  The benefit being leaving behind mite infested comb/larva, pesticide build up, and other problems.  Seems a bit drastic, but sometimes drastic measures are appropriate.

By the way being an Abq person it was nice to meet a few of the southern bunch!

Comment by Diana Calkins on January 20, 2014 at 8:42pm

Got it.  Thanks!


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