rural & urban beekeepers unite @ "bee conference"

Hives, in one form or another
100 or so local beekeepers came together for a "bee conference" today at Ken Hays' honey kingdom down in Bosque Farms. I was there, as a wannabeekeeper intent on picking up a tip or two before my first hive arrives this week. Here are more photos from the bee summit and here's a quick roundup of what I learned about beekeeping in New Mexico:

  • Due to our cold winters, we don't yet have africanized honeybees in Albuquerque.
  • It's hard to mate a queen because of our spring winds.
  • You must provide water year-round for your bees. Include some floating twigs or bark so the bees won't drown when drinking.
  • Afternoon shade is a good thing.
  • You can puff smoke from the creosote bush inside the hive to ward off that nasty varroa mite.
  • The UNM area with all of its flowering trees is a great place to keep bees.
  • In fact, Albuquerque in general is frequently a better place to keep bees than the surrounding rural areas.

I'm still learning lots. Whether, it's a hive opening with TJ the bee sage on the roof of his NE Heights home last month, or chatter on the ABQ Beeks Yahoo Group started by Jerry Anderson, I'm in full-on neophyte mode. Fortunately, as today's meeting confirmed, there's a tight community of local beekeepers to help out.

TJ & Kester, inspecting

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Tags: Albuquerque, beekeeper, bees, honey, urban

Comment by chantal on April 26, 2008 at 9:44pm
Hey there, this guy may be able to help you with an extraction but honestly your bees don't sound like honeybees which are extremely docile and totally uninterested in you.
Comment by chantal on April 26, 2008 at 10:52pm
Oh also, NM Beek has posted some photos from the day too:

Comment by NMBeek on April 27, 2008 at 7:40am
Great post, chantal. :-) I'm glad you could make the seminar. I think this is always a fun event.

I'm gonna be checking my hives this morning and one of the "newbees" is coming by to help and learn a little bit more about Langstroth hives. I may have to add some "supers" today.
Comment by NMBeek on April 27, 2008 at 7:52am
I'd be happy to check out J&K's situation if they'd like. I suspect, as chantal suggested, that the critters are something other than honeybees. There are ways to "encourage" them to move on, including just physically removing them to a different location.
Comment by chantal on April 27, 2008 at 10:06am
Sarah, if you've got any insecticide-free secrets for ant hills in all the wrong places, I'm all ears!

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