Albuquerque Beekeepers

Urban beekeeping in New Mexico's largest city.


Natural BeeKeeping

Tells us about your efforts to keep bees in a Natural environment, share ideas, and methodology and purpose.

  •  If your walking the talk this is where you can strut your walk... Bashing, rudeness and negativity is not allowed, this is about fostering our HoneyBees in the best possible environment, purist and beginners are welcome, Share your best natural beekeeping practices. 

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Latest Activity: Aug 27, 2020

Natural Foundation, How do you extract your foundation for re-use by your Honey Bees, Top bar and LangLang!

I believe the bees honey comb is an integral part of the colony, whom is dependent on its health and availability, so I currently extract my deep Langstroth Frames that are all natural foundation for reuse and I only recycle comb into beeswax when I retire it from use. I use mostly deep frames and only attempt to radially extract lang comb when it is attached to all 4 sides of the frame, I use either a hot knife of cappings scratcher, or roller. I have had good success for the most part, however the temperature and extraction speeds can effect the process adversely. So I extract them at about 78-80 degree Fahrenheit for about 10-30 minutes in a radial extractor at a slower spin speed with good results. In addition I cycle out 2 year old brood comb into honey comb for reuse an additional year, I am cycling out all comb at 3 years. We still use and have some plastic foundation that we use for specific purposes, but we are cycling it out of our hives, slowly but surely. Proper storage of the Comb is still a challenge for me due to space requirements.

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Les Crowder - Natural Beekeeping Seminar

Sunday July 28, 2019 Santa Fe, New MexicoNATURAL BEEKEEPINGLes Crowder will lead a workshop in the Santa Fe area on Sunday July 28th. Les began keeping bees in Bernalillo, NM 40 + years ago. He has…Continue

Started by Mark Sommer Jul 11, 2019.

Natural/Treatment free mentor wanted 6 Replies

My husband and I are new to beekeeping and we are looking to find someone who is going treatment free to give us some advice. We have 2 langstroth hives started from nucs this spring. Advice would be…Continue

Started by Binny Neiser. Last reply by Rhett Renoud Jun 6, 2017.

N.B. Welcome Wagon 3 Replies

Welcome Randy Szymanski,Thanks for joining "Natural BeeKeeping", Please feel free to ask questions. Please feel free to share why you joined and what type of information you are looking for.Best…Continue

Started by Raymond Espinoza. Last reply by Randy Szymanski May 19, 2016.

Fully Operationsl Glass hive 8 Replies

Fully operational Langstoth hive with glass sides to view the hive operation as a whole, not just a few frames. The top is removed with a protective screen to observe from the top down as well as…Continue

Started by Ben Noyce. Last reply by Melodie D'Amour Jan 28, 2016.

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Comment by Ivy on April 24, 2015 at 8:36pm

Bob, Do you know of any other location for this product?  The website mentioned Home Depot but I assume they are referring to HD Canada?  Thanks for posting this information.  

Comment by Samuel Lopez on April 24, 2015 at 8:25pm

Ray-  Do you have info on Tung oil that I can read ? I was just about to buy some for my 2nd warre hive.

Comment by Bob Darlington on April 24, 2015 at 7:50pm

Ray, I've heard good things about this and Kelley Bees sells it for hives:

Comment by Raymond Espinoza on April 24, 2015 at 7:17pm

Hi Folks, I slowly converting my hive equipment to treated over painted wood, and may be moving to medium Lang's over deeps if I decide to go completely foundationless.  I am looking for a wood protectant that is free of petroleum distillates. Does anyone have experience with Linseed oil and beeswax. I read that linseed oil can go rancid. Any help will be appreciated, I have ruled out Tung oil because of its chemical makeup. I have seen some treatments that use coconut oil and canola oil with beeswax, which they claim is free of petroleum distillates, but have not tried them, if I have to formulate a mixture I prefer to keep it as simple as possible. 

Comment by Samuel Lopez on March 23, 2015 at 12:51pm

I conducted my Spring Inspection on my Warre hive yesterday. It was a successful event. I cleaned the floor, inspected frames and nadired a 3rd box on the hive. The Warre box i added utilised  foundationless semi-frames (natural beekeeping). There was lots of uncapped nectar in the top box and the girls have been bringing in lots of pollen for the past month.


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