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!


Discussion Forum

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 Rob Shepler on November 26, 2013 at 7:22am

NMBKA Annual meeting

Save the dates!

January 17th and 18th

Location is the 1st Presbyterian Church downtown

More info to come!

Comment by Paul McCarty on November 20, 2013 at 9:13pm

Try giving them something that makes them turn several corners. I have found a bush is not enough.

Comment by Diana Calkins on November 20, 2013 at 8:42am

Thanks for the help, Rob!  Yes, we are going with the brush in front of the hive rather than moving them miles.  Thanks for your offer, too, Paul!

Comment by Rob Shepler on November 20, 2013 at 3:45am

"If you move them a foot, move them a mile" is the old saying. Michael Bush does move his and then puts brush in front of the entrance to make them re-orient. I do that and it seems to work, though I am sure I loose some bees.

Happy to help Robert, give a shout when you are ready.

Comment by Paul McCarty on November 19, 2013 at 8:53pm

You might ought to move them someplace else for a week or so so They will not get lost. I have a spot down in Town you can move them too for a few days if need be. You would have to be very careful with them as loaded with honey as they are.

Comment by Diana Calkins on November 19, 2013 at 12:16pm

I need help moving two topbar hives.  Actually, Robert needs the help.  I am unable to lift and carry like I used to do (damned golden years!!!).  The hives need to be moved to a location in our upper field so that we can install the bear fence around them.  Please email or PM me through facebook if you can help.  Thank you!

Comment by Patricia Drake on November 13, 2013 at 6:15pm

Like you I may wait to decide when an agenda is available but would like to attend.


Comment by Diana Calkins on November 13, 2013 at 12:21pm

I've not seen a meeting agenda posted yet, so it may be difficult to make a decision right now, but is anyone thinking of going to this for either one or both days?

Comment by Rob Shepler on November 13, 2013 at 9:55am
From Jessie Brown.
Nominating Committee
Dave Ellis, Chair of the Nominating Committee is looking for nominations for Officers and Members at Large for the NM Beekeepers Association. If you are interested in volunteering for this fun and meaningful organization, or know someone you would like to elect, make sure to get in your nominations by December 15th 2013: NMBKA Nominations
Annual Meeting
Mark your calendars, the NM Beekeepers Association Annual Meeting will be on January 17th-18th, 2014 in Albuquerque, NM. This meeting will have guest speakers, giveaways, a swap meet and lunch made with unique local honey. Admission is free, but we encourage family membership to the NM Beekeepers Association for $30 a year which can be paid at the door. 
Swap Meet at the Annual Meeting:
The Annual Meeting will include a swap meet on Saturday, January 18th. If you have wares you would like to sell, trade or giveaway, contact Jessie Brown. Swap Meet Sign Up
Western Apicultural Society Reports
Did you miss the outstanding Western Apicultural Society Conference in Santa Fe? You can read all about it from the point of view of our WAS scholarship winners. Annette Colbert has listed the speakers under different aspects of their talks; Education, Enthusiasm, Thought Provoking and Alarming. Annette has provided links for you to find out more: Don't miss Sam Barden's Top 10 Highlights of WAS:
NM Beekeepers Association Membership Renewal 
Renew your membership now! We have made it easier then ever to become a member of the NM Beekeepers Association, with a new Paypal function on our website. It's $30 a year, per family and dues help bring in speakers, support our website, provide scholarships and create beekeeper education programs. You also get to list your services like swarm removals, honey sales, and live bee removals for free on our website. NM Beekeepers Association Membership
As always, thank you for your support!
The Board of the NM Beekeepers Association
-- NM Beekeepers Association
Comment by Paul McCarty on November 7, 2013 at 5:52pm

Definitely put a reducer on the toilet bees. I use a piece of 3/4" wood for entrance reducers. You may have to pull out the staples from where I screened them off. The bees in the tree, not sure about them.

Those wax moths are probably living in the old bits of comb and stuff. They should die off here pretty quick when the temps drop. It was 23 down there when I passed that way this morning.


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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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