Albuquerque Beekeepers

Urban beekeeping in New Mexico's largest city.

Mark Sommer
  • Placitas, NM
  • United States
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Active Bees

My first wintering of bees.  I was doing yard work all day.  Both my hives are very active.  They brought out their dead, which I would expect, but they were very busy all day.  Some getting water,…Continue

Started Jan 10, 2017

 

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Mark Sommer replied to Sigrid Blom's discussion Dead Hive Clean Up in the group Topbar hive users.
"Two things. Freezing will kill wax moth larvae/eggs When I say get rid of, I mean don’t use it in the hive. The wax is perfectly good to melt out of the comb. Old comb can have accumulated contamination which isn’t good for the bees."
Apr 24
Mark Sommer replied to Sigrid Blom's discussion Dead Hive Clean Up in the group Topbar hive users.
"Do you know what happened to the bees that were there?  Disease?  If they died because of foul brood or something serious, you might want to torch the inside of the hives.  If not, just clean them out and move them.  Try to find…"
Apr 24
Mark Sommer replied to Abq Beeks's discussion SWARM LIST
"Where is the survey?"
Mar 16
Mark Sommer replied to Emily Hurd's discussion Questions about my hive in the group Topbar hive users.
"Although you have heard from me at the session, I'm going to give my $0.02 anyway. You can have drones at anytime. I have three hives without drones, but one hive I have does have drones. While you most often see them in the spring when colony…"
Aug 16, 2017
Mark Sommer replied to Alwyn VanderWalt's discussion Need help with my hive!
"What you're seeing may be OK.  It's hard to say, but you'll have to wait until spring (meaning no more long freezes and flowers are starting to bloom) before you open that hive.  If you open that hive you'll break their…"
Jan 10, 2017
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Active Bees

My first wintering of bees.  I was doing yard work all day.  Both my hives are very active.  They brought out their dead, which I would expect, but they were very busy all day.  Some getting water, but mostly it looks like orientation flights.  Normal?  Not Normal?  How much faster will they go through their stored honey because of this?Weird Winter!  Warm - Cold - Freezing - Warm again1See More
Jan 10, 2017
Mark Sommer is attending Jessie Brown's event
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The Business of the Bee- NM Beekeepers Assoc. Conference at South Broadway Cultural Center

February 3, 2017 at 12pm to February 4, 2017 at 5pm
Please join us for the NM Beekeeper's Association The Business of Beekeeping Conference which will take place at the beautiful South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102, on February 3-4, 2017. The 2 day event will be a great opportunity to learn more about local beekeeping, building a business, or maybe just earning some extra income by keeping honeybees. Topics will include Products of the Hive, the Business of Beekeeping, and Native Bees and Beekeeping in…See More
Dec 30, 2016
Mark Sommer joined Jefferson's group
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Topbar hive users.

This group is for people who are interested in learning more about topbar beekeeping.See More
Aug 5, 2016
Mark Sommer joined Randy S.'s group
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Sandoval County Beekeepers

Group of Beekeepers who have hives in Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Placitas, Corralas, Algodones, Pena Blanca, Cochiti, Etc.See More
Feb 4, 2016
Mark Sommer is now a member of Albuquerque Beekeepers
Feb 28, 2012

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About me:
Managing four colonies two in Placitas and two in Santa Fe. Been trying to raise queens lately.

Working folks to get the 2017 Apiary Tour organized. Please see www.nmapiarytour.org.

Part of the NMBKA Certified Beekeepers Apprentice Program and learning a whole lot. Everyone in beekeeping is just so nice and sharing. Will do my best to follow their lead.
I use the following type of bee hives:
Top bar, Langstroth
My bee hives are primarily located here (ZIP code):
87043
How best to reach me (Public email or phone)
email

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