Ralph Ketter

  • Ralph Ketter posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    I thought you could but online I found according to Las Cruces Code Section 7.18
    “Beekeeping shall not be allowed within the city limits, except in specific zones designated in the city zoning code in chapter 38. All beekeepers shall be licensed in accordance with state law.”
    It would be best to contact the city to find out if you live in a zone…[Read more]

  • Possible Cutout Opportunity.
    I got a call about some bees living in or under a Conex box near Three Rivers. The call came from a construction company worker who was using a fork lift to move the box. He didn’t want to kill them if possible but they need to move the box by the end of the week. I can’t get them but if anyone is interested please…[Read more]

  • Ralph Ketter posted a new activity comment 4 years, 6 months ago

    Hey, I see the links do work.
    You just can’t format what is seen unless it works to paste it in as HyperText which I’m going to try below.

    Michael Bush has a word document you can download here Beginning BeeKeeping which has a lot of basic useful information

  • Ralph Ketter posted a new activity comment 4 years, 6 months ago

    Hi Ken,
    The count you took on the 3 Rivers hive does not sound good. Sorry but it is hard to tell what it means without going through the hive for clues.
    As far as requeening, my suggestion is if you have access to a new queen, go for it. The quality of the queen can really affect a hive.
    As far as hives not doing well, with the current honey…[Read more]

    • Hey, I see the links do work.
      You just can’t format what is seen unless it works to paste it in as HyperText which I’m going to try below.

      Michael Bush has a word document you can download here Beginning BeeKeeping which has a lot of basic useful information

  • Ralph Ketter posted a new activity comment 4 years, 6 months ago

    Give it a try. You might take the vacuum along to clean up bees that may be hanging around the tree where the swarm was. Give her a call, if they are still there this time of day they should still be there for awhile in the morning.

    • If you can’t hang around till dark, you might even think of vacuuming the whole thing and install it when you get home.

  • Ralph Ketter posted a new activity comment 4 years, 6 months ago

    Since they are in a swarm I would shake them directly into a box if possible. When I talked to her and she said the tree could be pulled up so it must be small. She seemed more concerned about getting rid of the bees than saving the tree but I think she would prefer to keep the tree. It would be good to verify you do not need a ladder before…[Read more]

    • I am going to Anthony tomorrow for beer. Think I might call her and if they are still there, take a box, shake them in, go on to Anthony and get the kegs, and pick them up on the way back. I couldn’t hang around until it gets dark I don’t think.
      What do you think? Maybe I should just shake them and screen them on the way back through…[Read more]

      • Give it a try. You might take the vacuum along to clean up bees that may be hanging around the tree where the swarm was. Give her a call, if they are still there this time of day they should still be there for awhile in the morning.

        • If you can’t hang around till dark, you might even think of vacuuming the whole thing and install it when you get home.

  • Ralph Ketter posted a new activity comment 4 years, 6 months ago

    Ken,
    Hopefully they will all be in. If their not and it’s only a couple hundred bees, I’d be tempted to screen them as best I can and move the bulk of them. If they have accepted the new home, smoke might help move them in. If vacuuming them is an option, that might be worth a try but more might keep coming. All of this advice is untested and…[Read more]

    • I was thinking about trying some smoke. I’m hoping maybe it was still too warm to go to bed. Wish I had a game bag but I don’t know how I would go about getting it over them.
      It would be hard to seal them off without losing a lot I think. As I was stapling they would be boiling out.
      2300 and still 80 degrees. hope it cools off some.

      • I use duck tape to put the screen in place. A lot less fuss from the bees.

        • I’m laughing because every time I pulled my duct tape out yesterday to use it, all that got taped were a bunch of small rocks from the rock yard! Man, what a mess! I seem to have an inability to pull tape off a roll and have it go where I want it. It sticks to itself or anything not needing to be taped. Duck and clear packing tape seem to be the…[Read more]

  • Swarm Call!
    I just got a call from the County Extension Office saying a Lady in Chaparral has a basketball size swarm of bees in a small tree. she would like someone to get them. Her name is Veronica Sierra at 216 Arch Angel Chaparral, NM. Her phone number is 575=812-9563

    Ralph

    • Ralph, how would you go about catching and transporting these bees back to here?

      • Since they are in a swarm I would shake them directly into a box if possible. When I talked to her and she said the tree could be pulled up so it must be small. She seemed more concerned about getting rid of the bees than saving the tree but I think she would prefer to keep the tree. It would be good to verify you do not need a ladder before…[Read more]

        • I am going to Anthony tomorrow for beer. Think I might call her and if they are still there, take a box, shake them in, go on to Anthony and get the kegs, and pick them up on the way back. I couldn’t hang around until it gets dark I don’t think.
          What do you think? Maybe I should just shake them and screen them on the way back through…[Read more]

          • Give it a try. You might take the vacuum along to clean up bees that may be hanging around the tree where the swarm was. Give her a call, if they are still there this time of day they should still be there for awhile in the morning.

            • If you can’t hang around till dark, you might even think of vacuuming the whole thing and install it when you get home.

    • Called her about 9. No answer. Left message and phone #.

  • Ralph Ketter posted a new activity comment 4 years, 6 months ago

    Hi Ken,
    Glad to here the Lonesome Dove bees are mellow and doing well.

  • Rob,
    I got two email updates about the “Trap out opportunity in Agua Chiquita Canyon”, but I am unable to see your posing on the website.

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