My queens love to pick on me. I had one lay more than one egg in cells making me think I had a laying worker, yeah yeah I’m a noobie. So my queens laughed at me again. But I did learn a lot from this. Queenright hives do not have laying workers and I learned four different ways of fixing the problem of laying workers also. So it was a win win in…[Read more]
Hello everyone! New beekeeper here in Hobbs. I\’m excited to have found this site alive and buzzing andI look forward tto interacting with others here in Southern New Mexico! I currently have two ten frame hives and will be starting a two frame nuc on Friday. Is there anyone in or around Hobbs that would like to chat? Thank you!
How are the nucs coming along?
The two frame nuc is doing well. They love their new queen more than the candy in her cage. 7 days and wouldn’t touch the candy so i ended up doing a direct release yesterday. She tried to fly but went in the box like she owns it. That’s also how she walks on the brood frame. I guess the hive equipment belongs to them not us lol. My bees got very…[Read more]
Good to see the interaction. Kirk, I am going to be in Hobbs sometime within the next week. Probably next weekend and would like to drop in and meet you. Regards, Bob Reneau, VP NMBKA
Feel free to drop by! One hive has good bees and a nice queen. The other three hives……Well they have good bees and the three stooges who like to pick on the beekeeper, me! LOL.
Good to hear that the 2-frame nucs are doing well. I plan to use 3-frame sections in a queen hotel. So a total of 9 frames in a box with 3 separate rooms to create 3 separate queens. I have heard that 3 frames have more bees to control hive beetles and other pests. But a queen hotel could produce one more queen by putting 2 frames in each room. So…[Read more]
Update: I put the bees from the two frame nuc into a new five frame nuc and ordered another five frame nuk after doing a removal for the city. I am up to four hives now! Love these girls!
Hi Kirk- Christina “Honey” Mann in Carlsbad.
Does anyone know where I can get some 5-frame nuc boxes? I found them at Better Bee, but they wanted more in shipping than the cost of the order! Needless to say, with free shipping.
BTW, Walmart has some decent prices on beehives- assembled even! (But for some reason their 5-frame boxes picture a 10-frame)
I get all main equipment form either Dadant And Sons or Barnyard Bees. I have purchased two five frame nuc kits from Barnyard bees and have bees in both and love them! The kit comes with five frame: body, bottom board, inner cover with top entrance, and top outer cover with metal top all good quality with pine wood (metal come with protective…[Read more]
Barnyard bees has what I want- Thanks, Kirk!
Hello, I am interested in doing some beekeeping. I can’t keep hives where I live, which is in Las Cruces. So is there a beekeeper near Cruces that I could work with or help out?
Recently I made a video of a beehive design for a long horizontal hive. You can see the video on youtube at this link.
I have…[Read more]
Nice video, love your designs! If we were closer i would be happy to.
I don’t understand the allure of horizontal hives! But then I’ve never seen one. Seen top bar hives; very difficult to harvest.
At some point I want to get a Top Bar hive. Just one though, not so much because I like them, but just to have one and watch the bees fill it up! It’s very interesting to me.
I just started keeping bees this past year in the Sacramento Mountains (High Rolls) and I got my nuc from Ken Hays in Bosque Farms. Check out his website at http://www.hayshoneynm.com. The seminar will be on 11 May this year and I plan to order a few months nucs from him this month to be picked up at the seminar.
If you can get a copy of the…[Read more]
I recently received a 10 frame hive for Christmas and am excited to start as a beginner beekeeper. Any suggestions for where to buy bees (I am in the Roswell area)? Was thinking it’s probably best to start with a nuc? Will potentially end up buying another hive, as from what I’ve read it’s best to start with two if possible. Any…[Read more]
Congrats on the new hive box. You are in for a lot of fun, work and a bit of heartache. My suggestions would be to read as much as you can and find a mentor close to you.
Tom is right that Ken Hayes is a great resource for information and nucs. James Lynn Whatley, of Redrock Honey Company, is also a good place for nucs. They will be…[Read more]
Alexa, that’s great bees are very very cool. Roswell Seed sells bees sometime in March or April they get them from some where in Texas. I purchased some bees from Noble Bees in California they where the best bees so very gentle. I have attempted not to purchase bees but to do cut outs and capture swarms from the local area in Roswell.…[Read more]
Thank you all for the suggestions. Will definitely check out those suggestions and Facebook groups! I really appreciate all the help.
Oh I forgot about this group on FB
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