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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 Kenneth Lee Henderson on April 8, 2014 at 12:07pm


I live in Dog Canyon, about 8 miles south of
Alamogordo. I have lots of ants but so far they have not bothered my hives.

If you have problems I would sprinkle a circle of powdered Ajax cleanser around the hive. We used this method with great success to keep ants out of our tents when camping.

Just repels, doesn't kill.

Comment by Rob Shepler on April 8, 2014 at 10:42am

Nice job Ken!

After you get them moved home, I would reposition those frames so they can't crosscomb. If it were mine I would deal them like a deck of cards, one with, one without...etc. Should keep your comb nice and straight.

Beautiful colony!

Comment by Mariel Campbell on April 8, 2014 at 10:40am

Question for you all:

I just hived a package of bees in Carlsbad (top bar, on concrete block stand). I've had bees in Albuquerque on a rooftop for a year, so I'm still new at all this. Do I need to be concerned about ants in SE NM? I don't see anything to prevent the little red ants from climbing into the hive.

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Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on April 8, 2014 at 10:27am

I got the swarm this morning. If they stay in the box today I will have a nice bunch of bees to move to DC tonight.

The swarm was about the size of a football and well mannered. I was able to position my box directly underneath the mass and trim back to just 2 main branches. I cut the lower one and held it with my right hand. Then I placed the lopper on the upper branch one handedly and put the handles under my left arm and against my left leg. Holding the upper branch with my left hand and crunching the handles together with my upper body I ended up with a smooth transfer from tree to box with both branches.

They had already started making comb on both branches so I placed this on top of the frames and left them with syrup. Used 5 frames with foundation on the outside and 5 empty frames in the middle as advised by Rob.

Hopefully they will like their new home and stay put until this evening!

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on April 6, 2014 at 9:19pm
Sorry Rob. I'm out of town for the next few days. I already miss my bees.
Comment by Rob Shepler on April 6, 2014 at 7:39pm

Swarm in Alamogordo! I don't have details due to phone issues. Call Richard at 575-415-3325. As always, please post if you are going for it! Thanks.

Comment by Paul McCarty on April 3, 2014 at 9:17pm

Unless you incubate them as I do...

Comment by Paul McCarty on April 3, 2014 at 9:16pm

I would leave them. You might be able to cut out one, but definitely leave the other three. That is cutting it pretty close. Many cells are empty, dead, or otherwise do not hatch. I leave about 3-4 as insurance I will have a queen that hatches.

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on April 3, 2014 at 8:06pm

This is the hive at the golf course. All is good and back at my house.  This was the most gentle hive I have dealt with so far.  I do have a question for the experts.  One of the three combs have about 4 capped queens cells.  I never saw a current queen or any fresh eggs.  I could have easily missed the queen though.  I am thinking a new queen will emerge soon and can the other cells be saved for other hives?

Comment by Paul McCarty on April 3, 2014 at 7:04pm

Call the Code Enforcement people!


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