James H DAWDY

  • Does anyone in southern NM have any queens for sale?

  • In previous years I have noticed what seems to be a flow right around the first couple of weeks of October, then suddenly stops. This is in the Deming area. Has anyone else noticed this? Comments on fall flow experiences?

    My bees are currently *not* backfilling the brood nest like I expected they would. They also have quite a bit of capped…[Read more]

  • I have seen a pretty good flow in past years around the first couple of weeks of October here in the Deming area. What are others experiences with a fall flow? I checked my bees and they are not backfilling the brood nest yet, still a lot of capped brood.

  • James H DAWDY posted a new activity comment 3 years, 4 months ago

    Yes, I have some from cutouts/swarms that are doing fine. I also have a Beeweaver line that while it also appears to have gotten hit by the varroa, seems to be holding its own (Beeweaver are varroa hygenic. Interesting story there, btw). All I have done is removed the drone brood and some old comb.

  • Lost my first hive to varroa. This was my best hive for producing honey. Saw piles of dead bees outside the hive and upon inspection I could see the varroa. Within 3 weeks the hive was completely dead, all the honey robbed out, and wax moths were setting up. Pretty shocking to see how fast a booming hive can crash.

    Noticed yesterday that the…[Read more]

    • Oh no! This is sad. Sorry to hear. I hope you have others that are doing better.

      • Yes, I have some from cutouts/swarms that are doing fine. I also have a Beeweaver line that while it also appears to have gotten hit by the varroa, seems to be holding its own (Beeweaver are varroa hygenic. Interesting story there, btw). All I have done is removed the drone brood and some old comb.

    • Sorry to hear that James, I lost a hive last month. not sure why or what. Healthy as ever, and 4 weeks later gone, Its devastating when you lose a healthy productive hive.

  • Can someone give me the contact information for a bee removal/cutout service in Silver City? I heard there is someone doing them there and in Deming. I am getting too many calls, and I just can’t handle them. I also generally try to avoid doing cutouts, and would prefer to refer them to someone who is set up for, and interested in doing cutouts.

  • James H DAWDY posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    Ferals from swarms and cutouts mainly. I also have some BeeWeaver’s from packages. I think they are well suited, being from South-central Texas.

    • Awesome. I don’t think I’m savvy enough yet to capture a swarm on my lonesome, but I’ll look into the BeeWeavers. Thanks for the reply.

  • Just harvested a couple of frames of honey off my best hive (there’s 2-3 more in the hive I’m leaving to be capped). It’s a bit different taste this year than from last year- it’s very, very clear and has an almost “grassy”, very mild taste.

    This was a hive that I split last year and had it requeen itself from eggs. It was an 8 frame nuc over…[Read more]

    • James, can I ask what kind of bees you have? I am only starting to look into the NM landscape, and it occurs to me that picking a type adapted to the area, or procuring some locally would be the best choice.

      • Ferals from swarms and cutouts mainly. I also have some BeeWeaver’s from packages. I think they are well suited, being from South-central Texas.

        • Awesome. I don’t think I’m savvy enough yet to capture a swarm on my lonesome, but I’ll look into the BeeWeavers. Thanks for the reply.

  • Caught a swarm today- looked like almost 2lbs of bees, conveniently located in a small tree about 5 feet off the ground, on easily removable branches! Unlike some of the swarms I’ve hived in the past, I gave this one a frame with open brood. I think that will keep them from absconding.

    Also did my first real hive check and was pleased to see…[Read more]

  • Swarm season is definitely upon us. Down in Phoenix, where it’s a little warmer and things happen a bit sooner, they’ve been having swarms show up on the ASU campus almost every day (I take online classes so I get all the campus security alerts). Now is a good time to make sure you’re opened up the brood nest and done as much as possible for…[Read more]

  • Cracked open my hives for the first time since November. Plenty of capped honey and also new nectar, so I’m not worried that a late cold spell will starve them out. Brood pattern looked very nice in the one hive I got a bit deeper into.

  • Wow. Is it common to have swarms this early in E. NM?

  • Not killer bees…

  • Found this website that you can put in your zip code and it gives a very nice pdf of pollinator plants, bloom times etc for your area. The Chihuahan Desert pdf is available directly at http://pollinator.org/PDFs/Guides/Chihuahuanrx6FINAL.pdf

  • With a temp of around 52F, noticed bees in my hives doing what appeared to be orientation flights, or possibly cleansing flights. Reminds me that in about a month, the Great Pollination Migration will commence and bees will head to California for the almonds.

  • I was in Dubai and took a picture of the honey section at Carrefour (sort off a way-better European version of Wal-Mart). Arabs are serious about their honey! Varieties from all over the Middle East. I brought back some sample packs of Lebanese honey.

  • Just got back from 6 weeks offshore and checked my hives. Pulled 2 deep frames and 2 medium frames of honey off for harvesting. #1 is still just a bee machine of a hive, my best by far. #2 is plodding along, and #3 my walk-away split finally requeened itself, but I think the girl didn’t mate too well- she just doesn’t look like she’s laying…[Read more]

  • James H DAWDY posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    Ken. Can you get a screened inner cover or make a temporary one out of hardware cloth? If you can, then you can just prop that top cover up and give them some ventilation. However, I’ve combined some pretty crappy hive bodies down here in Deming where they both had entrances, and it didn’t really cause an issue. So, if you are worried about…[Read more]

    • What I did was use 2 short sheetrock screws in 2 corners of the inner cover to allow a spacing the same as a reducer on one of the short sides. Then replaced the top cover. They seem to be using the new entrance.

  • James H DAWDY posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    Thanks Rob! It’s been a tough row to hoe with getting into beekeeping in the middle of the worst drought in memory. On the flip side though, I figure if I can keep bees in these conditions, any time/place else will be a snap. It’s all about letting the bees teach you- they know far more about what they are doing than we do. I’ve tried to…[Read more]

  • Harvested my first home-grown honey (2 deep frames). Last two years I’ve either not gotten enough honey off of 1st year hives or problem hives, or I’ve gotten honey from cutouts. So, this is a bit of a milestone for me- being able to pull frames from a hive I established last year.

    It tastes fantastic. It’s very very pale, clear honey with…[Read more]

    • THAT has got to feel good! Nice job Jim.

      • Thanks Rob! It’s been a tough row to hoe with getting into beekeeping in the middle of the worst drought in memory. On the flip side though, I figure if I can keep bees in these conditions, any time/place else will be a snap. It’s all about letting the bees teach you- they know far more about what they are doing than we do. I’ve tried to adopt…[Read more]

    • Congratulations. I am also working on my first hive. I will not harvest honey till next year..however I left the feeder in the hive and now I am pretty sure the comb is surrounding it and perhaps interfering with hive production…rookie mistake perhaps but I was so worried about the queen… I think I will go after it on tuesday??…

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