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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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 yesterday.

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 on Friday.

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.

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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!

Comment by Diana Calkins on March 28, 2014 at 2:33pm

Been thinking of putting some shade cloth over the hives this summer when the temps get in the mid-90's and more.  I've looked at 30%, 50% and higher protection rates but am not sure what would be best.  Any suggestions?

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on March 28, 2014 at 8:59am

Right Paul. I told him if they got to be a nuisance we would have to move them further away.

Wanting to help out with some splits to learn how. Maybe I could lend you a hand some time.

Comment by Paul McCarty on March 27, 2014 at 9:30pm

Very good Kenneth! Just watch those girls to make sure they don't get too mean. Most of the time you cannot tell until several months later when the hive is wicked strong.

Comment by Kenneth Lee Henderson on March 27, 2014 at 1:41pm

Checked on the 3 Rivers bees today. At first I thought they were gone but lifting the top revealed bees covering 2/3 of the frame tops. I guess it was just too cold to come out yet.

Refilled the feeder and put a block in the entrance reducing it to a 2" opening opposite the feeder. So far so good.

Scouted a good location to move the hive back to next week and got a lead on a guy up the road with an apple orchard who might be open to having hives also. I figure if I can get 4 hives or so going in the area it would make it a better deal for me and my time.

Comment by Paul McCarty on March 26, 2014 at 9:12pm
Well, some people use powdered sugar for mites, but I have never done so. Never had serious issues with them on a large scale.
Comment by Paul McCarty on March 26, 2014 at 9:11pm
I feed sugar quite a bit. It is good for feeding when the robbing season starts. Just stay away from beet sugar, brown sugar, and powdered sugar.
Comment by Mariel Campbell on March 26, 2014 at 7:12pm

I had heard that raw sugar was difficult for bees to digest, but no personal experience with this. I did feed some to my bees last winter, briefly, before switching to C&H white sugar (real cane sugar, not beet GMO.)

Comment by Paul McCarty on March 26, 2014 at 5:39pm
Can't speak for bees in Robin Hood, but not a lot of forage in the pine forests.

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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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