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Low population going into winter--both hives perished. Anyone else have this issue?
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Hi,I had two hives and they both had very, very small brood, if any, going into November. Both of my hives perished.Did anyone else experience this? What do you think is is the cause? It is a very…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Feuerherd Feb 8, 2017.


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I have a home in Placitas with fruit trees and other vegetation and I am interested in having bees to help pollinate.
I am a beginner and would like to get more info to see if it is even possible to have hives here.
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At 2:28pm on May 3, 2011, chantal said…
Hi Tracy, good question! You're welcome to ping Matt at: Best of luck!
At 9:05pm on February 24, 2011, Craig Noorlander said…

One hive is a good start and it depends on what your goals are to determine how many hives you need or want.  Most information states that you should have two hives per acre for proper pollination.  If you are wanting bees for pollination then you can determine how many hives you should have by how much land there is to pollinate.  Most hives in New Mexico will produce about 40 pounds of honey after the second year or with good feeding before the nectar flow starts you could get more and sooner.  So if you are after honey production this gives you an idea of what you need depending on how much honey you want to harvest.  If you are having bees just for the pleasure one hive is just fine.  I myself actually started out with two.  It is nice to have a second hive if you need to requeen or just for comparing.  If I can be of further assistance please let me know.

At 8:27pm on February 23, 2011, Craig Noorlander said…


Thanks for your interest.  I still do have bees left because I increased the amount of packages I ordered to 275.  I have requests so far of 149 so they are going fairly quickly.  Please check out my website at and you can order what you need then.  Again thanks.

At 9:35am on January 14, 2011, Randy S. said…
Tracy,  I live in Rio Rancho (Enchanted Hills) just west of Bernalillo.  It is possible to have bees in Placitas.  There are some things to consider.  I would be happy to help with your questions.  Let me know how I can help.
At 5:54am on January 14, 2011, chantal said…
Hi Tracy, welcome!

Feel free to ask a question on our form and take note of upcoming events. Hope to meet you soon.

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