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Top Bar Hive for Sale

Happy Spring!

I have one TB hive for sale at $90 OBO. It was built last season but never used. Full-length with 1.5 inch wide bars, a heavy lid, and a landing board at the entrance (see photos below). 
If interested, please send me an email at or call me at 505.660.6937

Added by Scarlet Blossom on May 19, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

3/30/18 Hive Inspection

I placed a top bar hive in a friend's yard on Broadway a few weeks ago. At that time the hive was healthy with active Queen and several bars of brood. I've had reports of an active hive for those weeks. This morning I opened the hive at about 11Am and found 100+ dead bees at the back of the hive, low population of ~200 bees at Bars #5 & #6, no brood, 8+ combs of honey. No sign of a queen. I placed the dead bees in a jar for anyone who might be able to inspect…


Added by Jerry Rolfe on March 30, 2018 at 3:14pm — No Comments

free swarm removal 8046794

free swarm removal 8046794

Added by ron brooks on March 28, 2018 at 9:05am — No Comments

Top Bar Hive + Equipment For Sale

For Sale: Top Bar Hive and Equipment
The equipment was bought brand new and only used for one season (the bucket has never been used and has a fancy closing spout for easy honey extraction).…

Added by Scarlet Blossom on March 9, 2018 at 5:38pm — No Comments

Self winterizing bees.

With all the hives I have had, I never had a hive do a self  close down of the entrance.

Added by Dennis A. Muirhead on October 13, 2017 at 11:15am — No Comments

Free queen

Does anyone need a free queen? Give me a call at 503-5587. I live in the north valley. Debbie

Added by Deborah Cox on October 4, 2017 at 9:03am — No Comments

Corrales Bee Yard for lease

There is a lady in Corrales who wants to lease her land to a beekeeper.  She says that there is a lot of Russian Sage on the land.  You can call her at (505) 492-5869.

Added by Laurie Ihm on June 21, 2017 at 5:16pm — No Comments

home owners insurance

I just learned from my Farmer's Insurance agent that if you purchase a home and intend to keep bees in your yard, most insurance companies will not cover you. 

Added by Laurie Ihm on June 21, 2017 at 5:09pm — 1 Comment



I am listed on the swarm removal page as doing cut outs, and that is not the case.  I only do trap outs.  How do I get the page updated?




Added by Dennis A. Muirhead on June 8, 2017 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Bee hives / garden tour for 2017

Are there any plans for another bee hive / garden tour for 2017 ?


Added by Samuel Lopez on May 17, 2017 at 7:54am — 1 Comment

Ready to Start

Hey everyone. I'm now to the point where I am ready to start keeping bees. I intend to start out with Langstroth hives, but do not yet have a kit, boxes or frames. Anyone wanting to offload any? Or where do you suggest purchasing them from? Amazon? I guess I would prefer someone local though, as long as they're not much more expensive. I became a member to abqbeeks as of yesterday, and will be attending the mentoring event this weekend. 505-845-9286, or after work hours at…


Added by Joseph R Crawford on May 9, 2017 at 1:53pm — 1 Comment

Have some ripe queens cells from strong queens

I have several ripe queen cells from strong queens.  I will put them into queen cages in my incubator but this will only last for a few days, at most.  If interested, let me know right away! Thanks, Sarah Malone 306 8771


Dated: April 20, 2017

Added by Sarah Malone on April 20, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Senate Joint Memorial #4 PASSED!

Congratulations to the UNM Wild Friends and all you bee supporters out there who flooded the Senate Conservation Committee's mailboxes on behalf of this well written bill. It passed unanimously with only one small amendment which strengthened it. Keep your fingers crossed!   .

Here's what the…


Added by Anita Amstutz on February 11, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Anyone do cut outs?

I'm on the swarm list and have been getting a lot of calls lately.  Unfortunately, many of the calls I get are for cut outs.  That's something that at this point I'm just not comfortable doing.  I feel bad because I just don't have anyone that I can refer people to.  If you are willing to do cut outs in the Abq. area please send me your name and number and I will refer you.

Added by Bob Upshaw on May 4, 2016 at 8:07am — No Comments

May 14 Open Space Volunteer

I volunteered to help with the Open Space mentoring event on 14 May as a top bar expert but never received confirmation.  Am I on your list as a volunteer for the 14th? 

Leon Spackman

Added by Leon Spackman on May 3, 2016 at 1:05pm — 1 Comment

I have space for a hive, I believe.

Hi beekeepers,

I know very little about beekeeping, but think my property might be a good site for a hive. I would be willing to host a hive, if that is the proper term, in exchange for someone taking care of them. I have an 80 plant vineyard and some fruit trees on 3/4 of a acre. My neighbor has a fairly extensive orchard on over 2 acres.

Added by Barbara Rudolf on April 3, 2016 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Were to buy Bees

I have 3 hives and this winter all 3 left me.  Please help.  Where near Albuquerque can i buy some NUCS.  Please and thank you

Added by Jason Franklin on February 4, 2016 at 3:10pm — No Comments

New Topbar Hives

Hey there,
I am a woodworker in Santa Fe and have built some Topbar hives using the design of T.J. Carr and John Bransford. They have pine bodies with oak splined topbars and an additional (2) partitions for added insulation and flexibility of use. The pine is finished with wax and linseed oil and the tops are painted Medex. $350 ea. includes sawhorse type stand. Thanks, Paul (505) 795-9222

Added by Paul Hart on January 18, 2016 at 10:22am — No Comments

Eco Friendly Phillips 66 Station in Cedar Crest

Eco Friendly Phillips 66 Station in Cedar Crest


As a hobbyist beekeeper I am accustomed to fielding questions from friends and acquaintances about honey bees.  I’ve urged hummingbird lovers to purchase bee proof feeders (available locally at Triangle Grocery in Cedar Crest), and reassured nervous mothers that children are unlikely to be stung by bees foraging among plants for pollen and nectar.  I wasn’t prepared, however, for a telephone call received on…


Added by Sarah Malone on September 21, 2015 at 8:57pm — No Comments

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