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Leon Spackman
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  • Bosque Farms, NM
  • United States

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  • Marisa
  • Raymond Espinoza
  • Jodi Hedderig

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Weak Colony with a Queen
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I have a weak top bar colony with a queen that won't make it through the winter.  Does anyone have an interest in combining her and my small amount of bees with another week colony?  Let me know. …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Anita Amstutz Oct 24, 2016.

Open Space 14 May
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I volunteered to work at the Open Space on 14 May as a top bar expert but never received confirmation.  Am I on the list to help?  Leon SpackmanContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Leah Atkinson May 14, 2016.


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About me:
Backyard beekeeper. Currently have 2 hives. Four years experience as a beekeeper.
I use the following type of bee hives:
Top bar, Langstroth
My bee hives are primarily located here (ZIP code):
How best to reach me (Public email or phone)
505-998-8982 (Cell)

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May 14 Open Space Volunteer

I volunteered to help with the Open Space mentoring event on 14 May as a top bar expert but never received confirmation.  Am I on your list as a volunteer for the 14th? 

Leon Spackman

Posted on May 3, 2016 at 1:05pm — 1 Comment

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At 7:57am on May 25, 2016, Marisa said…

Hi Leon, I do have questions, too many. lol. 

I saw everything that we saw on Sat. The hive looked healthy and I didn't see queen cells, and it went to 15 bars. I haven't had a chance to open the "active" hive and I am nervous to see what I see. I think I worried more about if I moved the bars around correctly. I moved a black comb to the back, a new small white comb to the front and spaced between some in the end and added two combs of honey I had in the freezer, which I don't know why I did that and questioning myself. I think my questions would be more about bar placement and if I did that correctly. It all seemed clear in the book until I actually got there. No stings, no dead bees, and they were pretty calm until the wind came up towards the end. 

I am opening up the next hive Fri or Sat depending on wind, and nervous to find queen cells, and a very active hive. It hasn't been opened since Feb. so I have no clue what to expect. If I find queen cells, I think I know what to look for, a small egg is better than a developed larvae. But now I don't have an empty hive to put them in if I have to split. So if I find a queen cell, and it looks like they are very active hive and have to split, I will need another top bar box, right? That sounds scary and exciting. I will let you know how it goes and if I have questions I will call you. Thanks so much for writing back and offering your help. Marisa PS. I have amazing pictures that my daughter too. The one on my page is from that day. A nice mix of brood. One whole bar had worker brood and that comb had a mix. 

At 8:52pm on May 3, 2016, Jodi Hedderig said…

Hi Leon,

I apologize that you did not receive confirmation for mentoring at the Open Space Visitor Center on May 14. I do have you on the schedule as a topbar mentor and would be grateful if you are still able to provide that service in the face of my neglect. Below are the guidelines I send out to mentors. Please let me know if you are still able to mentor and, if so, if you have any questions. Again, my apologies.


Thank you for participating in the ABQ Beeks Mentor Program as a mentor!  The program allows up to 13 people to attend a session where a Langstroth and a topbar beekeeper open up hives for show and tell. It’s a great opportunity for new beekeepers to learn from different experienced beekeepers living in our community.


Attached is a schedule for the 2015 Abq Beeks mentor season at the Open Space Visitor Center. Please review it and let me know if there are any conflicts with your commitment. All programs start at 10:00 AM.


Please review the following Mentor instructions and let me know if you have any questions. You are invited to visit the apiary before your scheduled date if you have not been here before. 


  1. The Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Blvd. NW at the end of Bosque Meadows Rd. which is between Montaño and Eagle Ranch Rd.
  2. Please arrive 15 minutes early and sign the Beekeeping Release form before proceeding down to the apiary.
  3. The guests (your mentees) are required to walk to the apiary; however, beekeepers may drive.
  4. There will be a Volunteer Guide assigned to your program. The volunteer is responsible for greeting the guests, orienting them to the facility, assuring everyone signs the Beekeeping Release Form, guides guests to the apiary, fills out the inspection form, keeps time, and assists you.
  5. If there is an expectation that you will need certain equipment or hive parts to accomplish a needed task, it will be staged in the apiary for you.
  6. There are currently 5 active topbar hives and 1 Langstroth hives. The Mentor Program is assigned to the following marked hives:
    1. TBD
    2. TBD
    3. Mentors will be e-mailed  a scanned copy of the previous visit’s hive inspection forms so you are informed about hive conditions. 
    4. Be sure to discuss everything you do: what your toolkit includes, your personal history with beekeeping, what you are looking for in a hive, how you light your smoker, the hard lessons you’ve learned, etc.  
    5. Encourage questions from the mentees, too.  A lot of people don’t like broadcasting that they’re a novice.
    6. You will receive a reminder email one week prior to your scheduled visit.

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