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Sandoval County Beekeepers


Sandoval County Beekeepers

Group of Beekeepers who have hives in Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Placitas, Corralas, Algodones, Pena Blanca, Cochiti, Etc.

Location: Sandoval County
Members: 42
Latest Activity: on Wednesday

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Slovenian "AZ" Hive

Has anyone heard of the AZ hive, that originates from Slovenia. It is the beekeeping capital of Europe!  Their Hives are AMAZING! Minimal disruption to bees during inspections and harvesting the…Continue

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Comment by Mary Lee Moeny on April 8, 2013 at 12:42pm

Are there any beekeepers in Bernalillo town who use top bar hives.  I would like to start bee keeping and am planning on using top bars.  I would like to have a better idea of what I am getting into before I launch out.  Many thanks!!

Comment by Paul Ammons on March 26, 2012 at 8:42pm
Yes Randy , the corrales area and bernalillo
Comment by Randy S. on March 26, 2012 at 1:04pm

Paul,  did these swarms occur up and around the ABQ area?  I just started seeing capped drone cells in my hive last week.

Comment by Paul Ammons on March 26, 2012 at 4:35am
Already got 7 swarms and good ones this early is greate !!!!
Comment by Julie Denison on March 24, 2012 at 6:33pm

Thank you all for your great tips, I appreciate it.

Comment by Renee on March 24, 2012 at 4:38pm

We used teak oil on ours and it is still in great shape going into it's third year. Husband also says that tung oil would work too.

Comment by Randy S. on March 24, 2012 at 11:21am

I use exterior white latex paint on my hives.  I put two coats on.  It seems to hold up very well in the NM Sun and weather.

Comment by Julie Denison on March 24, 2012 at 8:11am

what kind of paint should I use on my new hive?????


Comment by Randy S. on September 11, 2011 at 10:09pm
Sorry to hear about your Lanstroth hive.  Wax moths will usually come into a weak hive.  Their destruction and mess is sad to see.  There are several possibilities as to why that hive was weak enough for was moths to take over.  I have not known wax moths to wipe out a hive.  They are normally opportunistic.  A strong hive will take care of any moth larva before they becomes a problem.  Do you recall seeing the signs of a laying queen before you moved the hive? (eggs, larva, capped brood).  Good luck with your top bar hive as they prepares for winter.
Comment by Rod Kirchmeyer on September 11, 2011 at 3:52pm

Our membership is under Rod's name, but I'm here, too!

We have a topbar which is doing OK with the little nectar here; it's improving since the rains.  Our Langstroth we brought into town about 3 weeks ago to a friend's home with lots of flowers, etc. We checked on them this morning and it had been wiped out by what looks like wax moths. There were only about 50 bees left on the frames. We're quite sad about it, and we're learning a hard lesson. They were Russian Blues. This was our first year in beekeeping, but it won't be our last, of course.

Fonda Kirchmeyer


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