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Beeks in 87106

Are their other beekeepers in the neighborhood?  I live in the Silver Hill area.  It'd be great to learn of other beeks out there, as i am completely new to this.

Location: 87106
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Comment by ecOasys on October 30, 2013 at 8:13am
Welcome Tom, Mark in Fringecrest and I in North Campus have slowly been building hives together and splitting colonies and catching swarms. Our numbers wax and wane but I think he's up to six and I'm down to three right now. You're welcome to come join us. I'm moving some abandoned comb and some leftover honey soon. Best, Patrik
Comment by Marlene Brown on August 16, 2012 at 3:32pm

I'm a new beekeeper. I tried two different swams in my topbar hive and lost both. Not sure what's wrong. I have it in a great spot, not too hot. Still want to keep trying if I can find more bees. I may have to wait until next year.

Comment by ecOasys on May 28, 2011 at 4:32am

Hola,

 

A friend in 87108 and I in 87106 started an emergency pollinator program a couple of months ago: first blue orchard bees in blocks which emerged and promptly left, now honeybees.  I already had one and so far we've built four top bar hives ($35 materials, 3 hours each), placed one to bait a colony out of a parapet in High Desert, installed strong packages ($150 & $100) in two, and moved a weak Langstroth nucleus (free) into another.  

 

We put out the word in my North Campus neighbourhood, a handful of people are interested in hosting a hive for a Honeyshare, and today I helped a neighbour hive a swarm in her back yard.  She bought a top bar from someone else for $150.  She said she's seen a swarm every year, so someone else has a hive nearby.  I know of one other beekeeper with two hives in the adjacent neighbourhood, and heard tell of a couple more in ours.  

 

Our aim is to 'keep on bee-ing' through mutual support as an informal cooperative with 20" top bars so we can trade comb, brood, queen cells.  Once we are set up with a couple of strong hives each, we'll be working to split colonies, build more hives, and get them out there.  We also have back-up and placement opportunities on a farm in the far South Valley.  

 

I've been developing wildlife habitat and edible plantscape for a decade in eventual hope of getting honeybees, and now it's happened all of a sudden.  We still complete novices, but this effort has taken on a life of it's own.

 

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