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Ed Costanza
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • United States
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What is the value of a double deep hive out of almonds vs. a nuc or a 3 pound package of bees?

What is the value of a double deep hive out of almonds vs. a nuc or a 3 pound package of bees? Please read and respond.I am going to give my summary first followed by my experience of 52 years.If I…Continue

Started Dec 17, 2017

Special Offer: $400 Double Deeps Last Two Weeks of March

I am bringing 100 Double Deep hives to our Belen yard out of almonds the last two weeks of March.  I am running a special on them until January 1, 2018.  Our regular price is $600.00 but orders…Continue

Started Dec 15, 2017

Double Deep Hives loaded with bees first week of April 2018
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Double Deep Hives loaded with bees in both hive bodies out of almonds available the first week of April 2018. We also have nucs and single hives listed on our website (…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed Costanza Dec 15, 2017.

Swarm Video's Available to View

We have posted more videos on swarm catching and prevention and are adding more every day.  You can view them on our website at:  http://www.nmhoney.com.Continue

Started Mar 31, 2016

 

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What is the value of a double deep hive out of almonds vs. a nuc or a 3 pound package of bees?

What is the value of a double deep hive out of almonds vs. a nuc or a 3 pound package of bees? Please read and respond.I am going to give my summary first followed by my experience of 52 years.If I was beginning without bee resources I would rather spend $400 in March 2018 to make $750 dollars or more in honey by the 1st of June 2018. I would then prevent swarming by harvesting bees from my hive over a 2-month time (using the CC Miller or the Doolittle method) to make an additional $400 in…See More
Dec 17, 2017
Ed Costanza posted a discussion

Special Offer: $400 Double Deeps Last Two Weeks of March

I am bringing 100 Double Deep hives to our Belen yard out of almonds the last two weeks of March.  I am running a special on them until January 1, 2018.  Our regular price is $600.00 but orders placed with a 20% deposit before 1/1/18 will receive a $200.00 discount so the discounted price will be $400.00.  These hives are full of bees top to bottom.  They can be split into two 10 frame singles at any time.  I would make a crop of honey then split them the first week of June.  When packages are…See More
Dec 15, 2017
Ed Costanza left a comment for BJ Lucero
"Hi Ben,  I am bringing 100 Double Deep hives out of almonds the last two weeks of March.  I am running a special on them until January 1, 2018.  Our regular price is $600.00 but orders placed with a 20% deposit before 1/1/18 will…"
Dec 15, 2017
Ed Costanza replied to Ed Costanza's discussion Double Deep Hives loaded with bees first week of April 2018
"Hi Ron, I have kept a few hives that did not make the trip to AZ.  I understand you need some for an observation hive.  Will your observation hive be a Langstroth?  How many frames will it have?"
Dec 15, 2017
Ed Costanza left a comment for Bonnie Mitisek
"Welcome Bonnie.  If you are looking for bees we will have all the different choices to choose from.  We have queens, packages, nucs, singles and full double deep hives.  See our website at www.nmhoney.com. Ed"
Dec 15, 2017
ron brooks replied to Ed Costanza's discussion Double Deep Hives loaded with bees first week of April 2018
"do you have bees ,now?"
Dec 11, 2017
Ed Costanza posted a discussion

Double Deep Hives loaded with bees first week of April 2018

Double Deep Hives loaded with bees in both hive bodies out of almonds available the first week of April 2018. We also have nucs and single hives listed on our website (www.nmhoney.com) Our Double Deep Hive with Bees ($600) are two 10 frame hive bodies with bees and a fall queen, Frames are a combination of drawn comb with bees, brood, honey (nectar in various stages of ripening), pollen and 2 frames with foundation (to give the queen room to lay to delay…See More
Dec 10, 2017

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About me:
We are commercial beekeepers. I have been a beekeeper since 1966. We raise bees to sell, produce honey, beeswax and pollen. We sell 500-600 packages, nucs and hives each year. We produce local raw, pesticide free honey, pollen and beeswax.

We are licensed pest control operators specializing in bee removal and termite inspection and treatments.

I was raised on an apple orchard in Belen (1962-Present),(1100 trees, 14 varieties). Our next door neighbor (Mr. Fowler, a mailman) kept about 25 hives of bees on his property. When he died his family gave the bees to us for our orchard. My father and uncle tried unsuccessfully to remove the honey from the hives the first summer and was stung so many times that my father developed an allergy to the stings. Before the age of 14 I became the family beekeeper. I was given lessons by a beekeeper in Peralta that summer and have been keeping bees ever since.

In 2005 our father (Robert Costanza) died. Seeing that all my brothers and sisters (2 brothers and 3 sisters) wanted to be a part of the heritage my parents had started my wife, Louella and I started 120 fruit trees in Edgewood.

Louella and I farm 8 acres, producing fruits and vegetables for the local farm markets. In 2011 we began to concentrate more on Apples, Peaches, Cherries, Plums, Apricots, Strawberries, Asparagus, Melons, Tomatoes, Onions, and Peppers.

We teach beginning and commercial beekeeping in NM, AZ, TX and OK. In the fall we teach elementary students when time permits for Kids, Kows and More in Santa Fe and Torrance County.

Our goal is to build up to 1,000 hives and place them in key locations within Albuquerque and on special farms that produce alfalfa, clover and seed crops that are controlled and managed by the beekeeper.

We believe in sharing the exciting lessons of beekeeping and farming that we have learned over the years and have a strong desire to organize workshops where we can all work together to learn and to build up our businesses.
I use the following type of bee hives:
Top bar, Langstroth
My bee hives are primarily located here (ZIP code):
87110
How best to reach me (Public email or phone)
505-286-4843

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North American Beekeepers Conference in Galveston, TX (January 4-9)

My wife, Louella and I attended the North American Beekeepers Conference that was held in Galveston the first week of January and have many thoughts and highlites to share with those who may have questions.

 

The two most important lessons we brought back from the conference that would help all of us is:

 

    1.  We must feed our bees a protein source when there is no pollen coming in.

 

     2.  It is critical we re-queen every…

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Posted on January 20, 2011 at 9:17am

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At 3:35pm on December 15, 2015, Melodie D'Amour said…

Thank you Ed! I will be in touch this season! 

At 9:34am on January 12, 2015, Ivy Bullard said…
This is not a problem. Thank you .
At 8:41pm on March 31, 2012, robert fraley said…

Hi Ed, My name is Robert I live in Sandia Park. I've been looking for bees for sale. I was told that you might have some bees, if you do I am interested in purchasing them from you.  I can be reached at 508-8828.

At 11:04am on November 24, 2011, henry n monica said…

Hi Ed. Happy Thanksgiving! My wife and i are interested in the dvd from the tax class you put on if its not too late.

At 11:15am on November 19, 2011, Robert Stewart-Rogers said…

Not yet, I still lack the space and funds.  I'm currently just a bee fan, but would be interested in visiting a hive or volunteering my time for a local beekeeper.

At 5:48pm on November 12, 2011, Jean Keller said…

Hello to you and Louella, thanks for the warm welcome. How long have you guys been bee keeping? I'm new to it all but enjoying learning about these bees :-) They sure are neat!

Jean

At 10:15am on November 9, 2011, Jay Barnes said…

Thank you for the welcome.  I have lots of questions, but I'll do some reading before I make inquiries to keep them at a manageable level. I hope to set a hive up in the spring and I have a lot to learn.

At 11:15am on May 30, 2011, Buckner Creel said…
Ed,
     I got a swarm this year from TJ Carr, thank you.  Sorry for the late response, I didn't see your comment/friend request until now.
At 1:09pm on March 30, 2011, Jessie Brown said…
Ed, I never got a chance to thank you for sending contact info for Monica Rudd. I've been making a lot of beauty products and have quite a few questions to pass on to her. Thanks again!
At 6:03pm on March 14, 2011, Jean E foster said…

Hi Ed,

Got your question about chickens eating their own eggs. Once they get a taste they don't stop...I did try putting in an alabaster egg shaped stone in the laying box and that stopped them for a while but a bull snake discovered my coop, swallowed the stone (duh) and then they went after the eggs again if I didn't collect them out of the laying box pronto. If you can figure out which one is doing it then I would say get rid of that hen. You could try an egg shaped stone, it really worked for a while. Poor snake......good luck!, Jeane F.

 

 
 
 

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