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 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.

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 Kenneth Lee Henderson on March 26, 2014 at 8:13am

If the hive is still standing and covered after last night's wind I will reduce the opening to about 2" on the other side tomorrow when I go check on them.

I completely forgot to put some rocks on the top to prevent that. Like I said, I made a few mistakes

Comment by Paul McCarty on March 25, 2014 at 9:07pm

Ken if you feed with an entrance feeder be sure to put a block of wood as a reducer, sized to fit the entrance beside the feeder, so the neighboring bees can't land on the landing board and crash the party leading to massive robbing. Use a block that totally closes the entrance beside the feeder and forces them to use a smaller hole totally opposite.

Comment by Rob Shepler on March 25, 2014 at 6:43pm

Yep, that is worker brood Ken!

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on March 25, 2014 at 1:02pm

Good job Ken.  This is really good looking comb and a nice hive.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on March 25, 2014 at 12:36pm

The comb was a brilliant white and very dry and delicate. I had to be so careful taking it out as it crumbled at the slightest rough touch. I got 5 frames of comb and the rest was my frame with foundation.

Is this brood?

Comment by Rob Shepler on March 25, 2014 at 11:39am

It looks to me like you nailed in Ken. What a beautiful colony! That comb is superb and brilliant white. What good fun! Thank you for sharing.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on March 25, 2014 at 9:30am

3 Rivers cut out went smoothly, at least for me. How it went for the bees I don't know.

First pic is my set-up. Notice the bee vac pail tied to the ladder and the 2 x 12 plank across the 2 stepladders to provide an elevated working surface. Worked well.

Ralph's vac design uses the vacuum separately to provide suction to a remote pail for the bees. Allows a lot of flexibility and less stuff to drag along. I am now using the largest smooth vinyl tubing available at Home Depot for the removal line and the bees don't clump and clog nor can they get traction on it. Works really well.

Pics 2 and 3 show the nest, about 6 layers deep and all perfectly sized to the frames.

Pics 4 and 5 show brood I think and a very small bit of honey?

Pics 6 and 7 show the new home right after moving in and after a 2 beer wait to see what they would do.

I provided a large water pan with rocks and an entrance feeder with syrup. Will check on them in a few days and eventually move them back closer to the store as there is a large alfalfa field less than a mile from the store.

Bees were very mellow. I felt sorry for the bees returning to the nest after I moved the main bunch but unless I was willing to put the bees in the box and wait until dark hoping they stayed put I guess I had no choice.

I'm sure I made lots of mistakes. All advice and criticism appreciated.

Comment by Paul McCarty on March 23, 2014 at 5:14pm

Made quite a few splits this weekend. Drones ARE out.

Comment by Diana Calkins on March 23, 2014 at 4:06pm

Saw drones outside the hive today!  Huge traffic jam at the hive entrance.  It looked like rush hour on the NJ Garden State Parkway at the tollbooths.

Comment by Diana Calkins on March 23, 2014 at 2:54pm

People at the candle making class asked for plans to make a solar wax melter.  This design is similar to what Robert built for me.  I already had a wood box lying about, so we used it.  You can use dimensions that work best for you or use a completely different design.  There are many ideas out there, just Google 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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