Albuquerque Beekeepers

Urban beekeeping in New Mexico's largest city.

Dave Ellis
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • United States

Dave Ellis's Friends

  • Carrie Christopher
  • Phillip R.
  • Raymond Espinoza
  • Rob Shepler
  • Danna R
  • Andy Duran
  • Annie Onderdonk
  • Linda Thorne
  • Mike Fickling
  • Bryan Johnson
  • craig brownrigg
  • DJ and Margaret Nickles
  • Christianne Hinks
  • Mike Kruchoski
  • Stacy Warden

Dave Ellis's Discussions

The New Mexico Beekeeper's Association is seeking Nominations to the Board of Directors

The NMBKA nominating committee is seeking nominations for the 2015 Board of Directors.  If you know of someone that you would like to nominate for one of the board positions please let me know.  Our board consists of :President Jessie Brown, who…Continue

Started Dec 2, 2014

New Mexico Beekeepers Association needs Your nominations for the upcoming Board of Directors Elections

Hello Fellow Beeks,Dave Ellis here.. I'm chairing the nominating committee for NMBKA this year. NMBKA is having elections for the following positions this upcoming January.. President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and two Members at…Continue

Started Nov 12, 2013

I'm looking to car pool (Swarm) with someone to the WAS conference in Santa Fe on Friday and/or Saturday

If You're headed up the WAS conference and have an empty seat, I'll gladly put in gas money for the ride.. Please let me know at 266-8564 or, Dave EllisContinue

Started Oct 15, 2013

I read an interesting article today.. about How Europeans are making the effort to protect the insects from suspected deadly pesticides while the US is NOT acting

The article was on Mother Earth News Online and it was Quoting a group called the "Natural Resources Defense Council".. (Who I know NOTHING about).. but IMHO it IS worth a read.. The article is dated July 16th, 2013, so it's current. It relates to…Continue

Started Jul 29, 2013


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About me:
I kept bees years ago in the East Mtns... a type of Italian marketed as "MidNight's".. Thru the Sears Farm and Ranch Catalog.. Thought that it'd be fun to do it again. Currently have two top bars and two Langs.. One really strong (TBH), two doing well (Langs), one weak.. (TBH)

BEEK #230 as of May 26th, 2011
I use the following type of bee hives:
Top bar, Langstroth
My bee hives are primarily located here (ZIP code):
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At 12:59pm on April 15, 2015, Carrie Christopher said…

Dave - would you and Brenda be willing to help me inspect my hive and sort out the combs sometime? 

I ended up with at T.J. style Top Bar and a colony of bees purchased from Bee Weaver Apiaries. They've been in the hive since 4/4 and had a rocky start.

 The queen absconded and I found her and put her back in and they are now busy building comb. 

This will be the first time that I've done this and I don't know how to "read" the comb, how to gently get it back into place and how to know when the bees are just buzzing loudly or are really getting cranky. 

If you're not available for that, I'd still love to get together with you and Brenda sometime. 



At 4:33pm on May 25, 2012, Mike Fickling said…


I think you wheretalking to Mike K not Mike Fickling

He has a hive in his front yard in 110



At 6:08pm on July 6, 2011, Megan Mahoney said…

Hi Dave,

thanks for attending the meeting the other night.  Lets see....I believe the rule of thumb for moving a hive and then returning it is six weeks.  Thats about the life span of a worker bee in the summer time.  If you waited that long, it would ensure an entirely new population that never knew they were in the original spot in the first place!  I think you could get away with a shorter amount of time though.


Im not sure about the plans for a smaller TJ style hive.  We call that a "nuc" for nucleus colony.  I use 5 frame boxes for trap outs but they are small.  It is a trade off for mountalbity which can some times be tricky.  I use cardboard flat sided boxes that I order from a bee supply store.  When I make nucs I usually make them at least 8-12 bar so the bees have room to expand.  Keep in mind that these can be VERY heavy with a successfull trap out....which is why I switched to using 5 frame easily mountable boxes.


I can ask TJ if he has a smaller design plan anywhere if you'd like.



At 8:06am on June 12, 2011, Michele Chisholm said…
Dave, we're growing spearmint, peppermint, rosemary, lavender, bee balm, verbena, penstemons, fernbush, tomatoes, thyme, cooking sage and russian sage, chives, basil,  thimbleberries, apple, cherry, and peach just to name a few.  Some of these have been in the ground several years and some of them we're just planting.  The rabbits are eating just about everything we put new into the ground because the drought has been so bad, so we're fencing off all the little new plants.  Yellow clover has been in bloom for a while now and the bees are harvesting them as well as the tamarisk (salt cedar) which has been blooming for the last couple of weeks.  I'm hoping to add some of the plants from your list.
At 1:17am on June 3, 2011, craig brownrigg said…

when i figure how to post a pic of the new 'slat' (not sure if that is the right term) deal i did tonight. 


not all of the top-bars have the ripped pieces and i have a bunch of scrap so i will try some at 3/8"


good to meet ya!

At 5:37pm on May 30, 2011, Les Crowder said…

Hi Dave,

All of our classes cost $100 and are from 10 - 5 at the Open Space Center in Albuquerque.  You can learn more by going to our website at

Sorry for any confusion...

Heather and Les


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