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East Mountain Beeks

This group is for beekeepers in the East Mountains of Albuquerque to share their knowledge and experience.

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Late Season Swarming 2 Replies

I had three first year hives spring from swarms in Carr/Bradford pattern top bar hives. They have been growing well, especially after the monsoon rains started a couple weeks ago and it looked like…Continue

Tags: winter, swarming, swarms

Started by Eric Bunnel. Last reply by Eric Bunnel Aug 15.

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Comment by Jeannie Pace on July 28, 2017 at 1:43pm
Thanks, Chris. The strapping would keep all the boxes together even if the hive got dumped over. Because of my size and strength I may go with top bar hives as I get started. The strapping idea will work.
Comment by Chris on July 16, 2017 at 8:10am

Hi Jeannie-While probably not the most effective, I use ratcheting straps that go around the top of my Langstroth hives and underneath my stand.  I think a determined bear could easily get through them.  I'm considering other options but I'm not ready to put up an electric fence.  I contacted the Game and Fish Department a few months ago and they told me that they have a few electric fences available that they loan to beekeepers to use on a temporary basis.

Comment by Jeannie Pace on July 16, 2017 at 7:33am
Amy, thanks for the tip. One resource suggested an 'unwelcome' mat. Basically plywood with roofing nails sticking up to make it difficult to approach the hive. I'll check with Game and Fish.
Comment by Amy Owen on July 15, 2017 at 10:28pm
Jeannie-we put up an electric fence around my hives. Neighbors have seen bears in our area. I'd hate to find my hive torn apart by a bear. New Mexico Game and Fish gives away a set number of solar powered electric fences to beekeepers. You may want to give them a call and see if they have one available. I've heard that September is when the bears really go after beehives, trying to eat the brood that's high in protein for their winter stores.
Comment by Jeannie Pace on July 15, 2017 at 8:28pm
Have any of you had trouble with bears getting into your hives? Bears have been spotted already in our area and have torn down bird feeders. Any ideas for deterring. I am a newbie..or newbee....hoping to have bees and hives operating by spring but am concerned about attracting the bears.
Comment by Chris on May 27, 2017 at 4:24pm

I opened up one of my hives today and was surprised to find a ton of new bees.  It seems like they're starting to gain some momentum and are really taking off.  I removed my bottom board cover to allow for more ventilation in the hive.  June is right around the corner and I know we're going to start seeing temps in the 90's before too long.  I also saw that they're starting to store what I think is honey.  It was amber in color and some of it was capped.  I'm still feeding sugar water and I'm hoping I can start to taper off that soon.

Since the brood box is starting to look a little full, I decided to add another medium box to the hive.  At first the bees seemed really confused.  I utilize a top entrance and you can see in the picture that they looked like they didn't know how to get in the hive.  It cleared up after about 15 mins.

 

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