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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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Comment by Rob Shepler on December 13, 2013 at 7:46am

Here is the agenda


Friday Jan. 17th, 2014

Noon-1:00 Registration

1-1:45              NM Department of Agriculture, Honey Bee Inspector

2:00- 2:45        Jerry Radcliff- bear fences

3:00-3:45         Mark Carroll


Saturday Jan. 18th, 2014

8:30-9:30         Registration and swap meet

9:30-10:30       NM Beekeepers Association Business Meeting      

10:30-11:30     Mark Carroll

11:30- 12:15    Guest Speaker

12:15- 1:45     Lunch/ Food Truck

1:45-2:15        Local Groups Announcements, Stump the Beekeeper

2:15- 3:00        Phill Remmick, 

3:00- 4:00        Mark Carroll

Comment by Rob Shepler on December 13, 2013 at 7:45am

New Mexico Beekeepers Association is pleased to announce our annual meeting


The main speaker will be Mark Carroll of the USDA Honey Bee Research Lab.

He will cover the new challenge of varroa control, meaner, faster and more lethal.

Nutritional stress, chemical challenges and how they affect queen quality. For more on Mark go here


The meeting will be at the 1st Presbyterian Church Downtown starting Friday January 17, 2014 at 12pm and continues through Saturday January 18, 2014 at 4pm.


Cost to the public is free, membership in the NMBKA is recommended.


Giveaways- We have 2 full Langstroth hives donated by Western Bee Supply Company via the Western Apiculture Society.


Coffee and Tea Provided. Boilerplate Food Truck will be available with freshly made sweet and savory crepes during lunch. 


Swap Meet with local vendors including Bookworks.


Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on December 3, 2013 at 8:25am

Was hoping it was a natural occurance. Think I will back up the syrup with dry sugar until I can get some candy made.
I have been feeding the wild bees with an entrance feeder and syrup. So far no fighting although the bees sometimes get stuck to each other.

Comment by Paul McCarty on December 2, 2013 at 8:52pm

Oh - also, when it snows, don't bee surprised to see bees trying to fly and making a kamikaze death plunge into the snow. It is normal too. It is nature's way of getting rid of the Summer bees and old foragers so the colony can survive better. Normally it barely affects them.

Comment by Paul McCarty on December 2, 2013 at 8:48pm

Normal housekeeping due to the cold weather. The don't fly when it is cold and windy and just push their dead off the landing board.

Also - you might consider putting on dry sugar. Just pour it on the inner cover around the hole so the bees can get it. Then check once a month and refill as needed. It will keep them alive if their food runs out.

You can also do it with a single layer of moistened newspaper on top of the comb/frames and covering it with a bag of dry sugar - moistened as you pour it on the paper in layers. Cover it with an empty super.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on December 2, 2013 at 7:59pm

Because of the cold wet weather I hadn't fed in a week. When I went to feed the toilet tank bees on Saturday I found probably 200 dead bees on the ground in front of the hive. The hive seemed fairly active.
The other two hives in the reel and the tree also had some dead bees located around them but not near as many, perhaps 20 or so. There was even one still dying bee on the ground in front of the tree.

Any ideas on the reason for this?

Comment by Paul McCarty on November 27, 2013 at 4:47pm

I have seen mine fly when it is pretty cold - all the way down to 35 or so.

Comment by Diana Calkins on November 26, 2013 at 10:07pm

Appreciate the tip, Paul!  January and February are usually the coldest months, so I may wait till then.  

Were any of yours out flying today?  Mine were even though the temperature only reached 46.  With the sun and no wind, it was pleasant and the bees thought so, too.

Comment by Paul McCarty on November 26, 2013 at 9:31pm

Diana - one more tip on moving bees - wait for a period where it has been too cold for them to fly and they have been inside for several weeks (a month is better), then move them. You usually don't even need a branch. I have a nuc I will be doing it to in a few weeks.

Comment by James H DAWDY on November 26, 2013 at 9:07pm

Rob- Was great having a chance to meet at the conference in Santa Fe!  Wish I could attend NMBKA but I will be working overseas all of January.


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The New Mexico Beekeepers Association is a non-profit organization of private beekeepers, commercial beekeepers, persons interested in promoting the importance of the honey bee in the environment, and businesses related to the honey industry. Representing all regions of New Mexico, the Association maintains a close affiliation with the State of New Mexico's Department of Agriculture. Membership in the Association is open to all interested persons.


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