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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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 1 hour ago.

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 1, 2014 at 9:24pm

We could use more bees in town. Good Luck Bob.

Comment by Rob Shepler on April 1, 2014 at 5:32pm

Congrats Bob! Alamo's first legal beekeeper, sure gives me a smile. You could not be working with anyone better than Ralph.

Comment by Diana Calkins on April 1, 2014 at 3:46pm

Very excited for you, Bob!  It was just two years ago that we had this experience, and working with the bees still gives us a thrill.  :)

Comment by Robert Skaar on April 1, 2014 at 2:00pm

Looks like I'm finally legal and official. The City came through at 4:55pm yesterday with approval to have a be hive at my house in Alamogordo. At 1:30 pm today ( Tuesday) I took delivery of a bee package and with Ralph Ketter's help and advice the queen was in the hive along with most of the bees by 2:15 pm. Almost all have left the transport package and entered the hive. Nobody got stung!

Comment by Paul McCarty on March 31, 2014 at 7:58pm

OK - another removal up for grabs. I was saving this one for me, but cannot get to it. 2266 Casa Bonita in Alamogordo. Bees in a corner soffit. Should be an easy job.

Message me for the phone number.

Comment by Paul McCarty on March 31, 2014 at 7:54pm

That is one of my long-style hives. Sort of a variation on a German long-hive - in a way. I have 8 of them, and they are what I mostly raise bees in for nucs.

Tech details - all deeps with no foundation. Basically a top-bar with frames. Works sort of like a top bar. You just keep feeding empty frames every couple of frames into the broodnest and they build up very quickly. This was one of my slower hives though. They are pretty old. At least 4 seasons at this point.

I was picking off burr in that image. I have a fair amount of arthritis, so the grips come in handy - by the way. Keeps me from smashing bees with numb digits.

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on March 31, 2014 at 7:12am
Kinda, but I will let Paul answer that question.
Comment by Mariel Campbell on March 31, 2014 at 7:09am

Is that a Langstroth foundation in a top bar hive?

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on March 31, 2014 at 6:19am

I spent a few hours with Paul McCarty on Saturday working his hives.  I was a great learning experience for me.  Thanks Paul.

Comment by Rob Shepler on March 28, 2014 at 4:01pm

We had 50 on our garden last year and we are backing off to 30%. I think 50 would be great for the bees on those warm days, good for the beekeeper as well!


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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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