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 Hive 1 Reply


Started by Kevin W. Thatcher. Last reply by Paul McCarty on Friday.

Pics of bees and Bloosoms


Started by Kevin W. Thatcher on Friday.

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.

Southern NM Hive Count 25 Replies

In another forum, Paul put out the question, "So how many hives everybody going into winter with?"  This is a great question and a means to get some stats for our area?So beeks in southern NM, how…Continue

Started by Diana Calkins. Last reply by Paul McCarty Mar 22.

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Comment by Rob Shepler on October 22, 2013 at 8:20pm

The Alamogordo City Commission took the final step tonight, the new bee law will go into effect on November 1st.

Alamogodians you may now beep kees.

Comment by Rob Shepler on October 22, 2013 at 6:27am

Is this the smoking gun for neonics? Just might bee.

Comment by James H DAWDY on September 30, 2013 at 9:26pm

Two of my hives are a bit light on bees also.  I'm thinking I will do a newspaper combine tomorrow- they should (theoretically) be able to more efficiently gather in some of the fall nectar flow, as well as warm the brood nest.  One of my hives last fall was very weak, and it starved out, so don't want a repeat of that.

Comment by Diana Calkins on September 30, 2013 at 1:11pm

Checked both hives today.  The one that swarmed 4 weeks ago doesn't have near the bees that used to be there.  All but one topbar was full of comb and capped honey/brood.  Much of the brood nest was being filled with honey.  Saw uncapped and capped brood.  Took the bars with capped brood but no worker bees on them.  Many more worker bees on the old brood being filled with honey and the bar with brood.  Didn't go into the brood nest.  Stopped when I verified there was in fact some brood.  Yay!  The queen made it through breeding.

The second hive didn't have as many bees as it had the last time we looked, but still had a lot.  I wonder if it swarmed when we weren't looking?  Or maybe they are cutting back on brood.  They, too, are filling in brood nest with honey.  Lots of honey so took 3 bars that were fully capped with few workers on them.  Still has about 20 bars with honey/brood.  Les said to leave at least 12 bars for the bees to overwinter.  Last year we left 15 and they made it just fine.

Hoping Hive #1 builds up enough bees to keep themselves warm through the winter.

Comment by Rob Shepler on September 24, 2013 at 9:36pm

Alamogordo has a new bee law and it was a work of many.


Bev Eckman Onyskow did more to publicize it than anyone. She wrote about the plight of our bees and brought our battles literally to the front page.


Congratulations to the future beekeepers of Alamogordo! And many congratulations to you all, I just don’t know any finer folks.

Comment by Rob Shepler on September 24, 2013 at 6:36am

Just a reminder, tonight is the final meeting again.

Hope to see you at 7:00 pm at the City Chambers of Alamogordo for the new bee law.


Comment by Rob Shepler on September 23, 2013 at 10:49am

Hey I wanted to let you all know that there is a new group about Candle making and other hive products, hopefully we can generate some interest and bring in a speaker for us southies.

If you are interested please join and lets see where we can take this. 

Comment by Rob Shepler on September 20, 2013 at 4:32am

The new Alamogordo ordinance is on line

It takes a long time to load, be patient. It is in Section 14.

The meeting to approve it is this Tuesday the 24th at 7:00.

It has been a LONG haul, I hope to see you there with your comments.

Comment by James H DAWDY on September 19, 2013 at 8:11pm

Fed syrup today- one of my hives was about as hot as I've ever seen it.  They headbutted and followed me around a bit, but I didn't get stung on my gloveless hands (I worked fast though!). 

Looking at my records from last year, I moved my hives to the desert south of town on October 1st, and they put up a considerable amount of honey over the rest of the month.  So, if that holds true again this year (and I would think so, and probably better than last!) we should see some fall flow in the desert in the next 5 weeks.

Comment by Rob Shepler on September 18, 2013 at 4:47am

Phill is pretty darn sharp, I'm going with it.


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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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President: Jessie Brown,

Vice President: Craig Noorlander,

Secretary: Mike Fickling,

Treasurer: D.J. Nickles,


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