Albuquerque Beekeepers

Urban beekeeping in New Mexico's largest city.

East Mountain Beeks


East Mountain Beeks

This group is for beekeepers in the East Mountains of Albuquerque to share their knowledge and experience.

Members: 11
Latest Activity: Aug 13

Discussion Forum

Seasonal Laying Pattern? 7 Replies

Hello All,On inspection of my only hive 2 weeks ago and again today my hive population seems smaller. There is a lot of honey production, and many vacated (dark cells). I did not find the queen or…Continue

Started by Jeannie Pace. Last reply by Eric Bunnel Jul 20, 2018.

Need old brood? 1 Reply

This spring, I will be installing my first package of bees into my just-built top bar hive. One of the books I have been reading suggests using lemongrass essential old and an old brood comb in the…Continue

Started by Jeannie Pace. Last reply by Eric Bunnel Jan 30, 2018.

New Hive 2 Replies

Hello All, This will be my first spring to install a hive and bees. I have read several books and articles and watched videos on installing a package of bees, but I'm wondering if it would be wise to…Continue

Started by Jeannie Pace. Last reply by Jeannie Pace Jan 20, 2018.

Late Season Swarming 2 Replies

I had three first year hives spring from swarms in Carr/Bradford pattern top bar hives. They have been growing well, especially after the monsoon rains started a couple weeks ago and it looked like…Continue

Tags: winter, swarming, swarms

Started by Eric Bunnel. Last reply by Eric Bunnel Aug 15, 2017.

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Comment by Jeannie Pace on July 15, 2017 at 8:28pm
Have any of you had trouble with bears getting into your hives? Bears have been spotted already in our area and have torn down bird feeders. Any ideas for deterring. I am a newbie..or newbee....hoping to have bees and hives operating by spring but am concerned about attracting the bears.
Comment by Chris on May 27, 2017 at 4:24pm

I opened up one of my hives today and was surprised to find a ton of new bees.  It seems like they're starting to gain some momentum and are really taking off.  I removed my bottom board cover to allow for more ventilation in the hive.  June is right around the corner and I know we're going to start seeing temps in the 90's before too long.  I also saw that they're starting to store what I think is honey.  It was amber in color and some of it was capped.  I'm still feeding sugar water and I'm hoping I can start to taper off that soon.

Since the brood box is starting to look a little full, I decided to add another medium box to the hive.  At first the bees seemed really confused.  I utilize a top entrance and you can see in the picture that they looked like they didn't know how to get in the hive.  It cleared up after about 15 mins.


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