West Georgia Beekeepers Association
Monthly Meeting MAY 22
There will be a round table discussion panel, Q & A session this month. Certified and experienced beekeepers near and dear to your heart will answer your questions and make suggestions. We will also entertain and welcome your input. Damon Stitcher will moderate the discussion. Please don't throw sharp objects at the panel.
Monthly meetings are open to the public and are held at 7 pm on the 4 th Monday of the month. Mentoring session begins at 6:30 PM.
LOCATION: American Legion Post 145
6449 W. Veterans Memorial Highway
Douglasville, GA 30134
Now is the Time
With this crazy weather - spring in tbe winter and winter in the spring - it's hard to tell what's going on with the bees. We had a nectar flow and then after the cold spell, we had a dearth. Robbing was going on in my apiary for a short period of time. Crazy huh! Had to close the robbing screens down to one small opening.
Now is still the time to do hive inspections, add supers and check for swarm cells. A quick and easy method is to rotate the super back and stand it on its end on top of the box below. This way its easy to see the bottom of the frames and any queen cells that may be there. If they're getting ready to swarm, the queen cells will most likely be there.
Splitting your hive is an excellent method of preventing swarms
If you have a new package or nuc install, now is the time to feed them 1 : 1 sugar water so they can make wax and draw comb. Think in terms of gallons when feeding - they will consume a large quantity. It takes somewhere around 8 to 9 pounds of sugar to make one pound of beeswax.
If you need help, call your mentor - if you don't have a mentor - click here - Mentoring
Master Beekeeper Program
Alabama Master Beekeeper Program
Certified Master Beekeepers: Marilynn Parker, Jerry Miller 2014
Certified Journeyman Beekeepers: Jan Sprayberry 2016, John McDaniel, Dan Scales 2017
Certified Apprentice Beekeepers: Betty Cosgrove, Earl Cosgrove 2016
Mark Dean, Crescent Beckwith, Lynda Shaw, Broderick Peters, Alex Szecsey 2017
Georgia Master Beekeeping Program:
Certified Beekeeper: John Foran 2016