Archive for the ‘General’ Category

  • Nucs at Night

    Date: 2017.03.30 | Category: General | Response: 0

    Spring Bees arrive! Jim and Gayle Hunsinger picked up a trailer and truck load of Nucs for our bee club.  These nucs were pre-ordered through Jim and Gayle who organized everything and delivered the nucs to Oxbow where members conveniently came to pick them up around 9PM.  They have been doing this for several years now and the membership appreciates this greatly!

    The weather cooperated this year with mild temperatures and very little, if any, misty rain.  Enthusiasm was high as new beekeepers and seasoned beekeepers came to help out, socialize and collect their new treasure.  Most were going to place their new bee nucs on top of their permanent hives that night and install the bees the next day.  The nucs are made of a sturdy white plastic that is weather proof and makes a great swarm trap afterwards.  So don’t throw the box away!  Check out these photos.

  • Certification Class Announced at May Meeting

    Date: 2016.05.13 | Category: Announcement, General, plants | Response: 0

    Spring 2016A certification class is coming to the CVBA. Specifics will be forthcoming. The certification testing is reportedly quite difficult and will require dedicated study. Stay tuned in to this website and come to the meetings to get the latest information on this topic.

    2016 is shaping up to be a great year for honey! Lots of things are blooming right now and swarms are at a record high. Its a great time to be a beekeeper in the Chattahoochee Valley.  Keep a check on your hives and add those supers!  Clover seems more abundant this year than previous years.  Did you know that bees love privet hedge blossoms?  Its true… and it makes great honey.  Privet hedge is everywhere in this area and this honeybee fact makes it a little easier to tolerate the highly invasive shrub.  The photo is showing a few wildflowers, which required very little effort but took a great deal of patience to grow.  Two years of  leaving this section un-mown was difficult because it looked terrible the whole time.  From someone who loves to mow, this was an accomplishment.

  • Christmas Social 2015

    Date: 2015.12.16 | Category: General | Response: 0

    The 2015 Christmas social for the Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association was a delicious event!  We had a full spread complete with barbecue, side dishes, desserts and every kind of tea you could imagine.  A special Thank You to Gayle and Jim Hunsinger for taking charge of the details.  We appreciate you both and your wonderful organizing and culinary talents!

    At this social, we were introduced to Anne Randle, the new Muscogee County Agent.  If you missed the event, you can see her image in the slideshow below.  You can also contact her at the Extension office.

    Merry Christmas everyone!  Have a joyful and safe holiday.  See you back here at this Extension Office for our January meeting.  In February, we will be at Oxbow and start alternating between the two locations.

  • Interesting Swarm Stories-2015!

    Date: 2015.04.09 | Category: General, Guest Post, Tips and Tricks | Response: 0

    This post is a reference to one of our member blogs at in West Point.   You may have heard Paul talk about sizing up a good swarm and the difference between what a large swarm and a small swarm look like.  This post appears on member Doug R.’s blog for his Pick & Pay Blueberry Farm called RabbitEye Farm and is quite interesting.  Here is an intro, and you can visit his site by clicking the read more link.  Thanks Doug!

    … is that a 1-Cat or a 2-Cat Swarm?


    One Cat Swarm?Swarm season can be an exciting time of year if you are adept at catching bees.  We’ve seen and captured a lot of swarms over the years… some with quite a bit of effort… and some with unsatisfactory results.  So far this year, we have had the easiest time yet.  Here are three different 2015 stories and we are only one week into swarm season!

    Last year, after simultaneously getting konked on the head with a pair of limb clippers while jumping off of a 6 foot stepladder and getting rained on by angry bees, I was determined to find a better way of catching swarms.  With some research I found that bees swarm first and make a game plan second.  Seems a little risky to me, but that’s what they do.  Once they cluster on a branch they send scouts to find a suitable home.  These scouts measure the volume of a potential place and report back to the cluster.  They like the volume to be close to that of a brood chamber, which is the large wooden box at the bottom of a Langstroth hive.  See this post for hive components.  Besides measuring for volume, they tend to like places that are about 6 feet off the ground and at the edge of a wooded area.  Facing a meadow or open area is a nice touch as is an aroma of lemongrass oil.  (I’m not kidding)  They also like the potential nesting place to be dark, so a solid bottom board is a must.  They also prefer to make their honeycomb on a 45 degree angle, so placing an older frame with comb on it in the box on an angle is attractive to them.  I put a reducer at the entrance too, so the bees can be sure they can defend themselves once they move in.

    So, with this new knowledge, I put up a bait hive with the aforementioned parameters this Spring.  Our very first swarm was spotted about 30 feet in the air on a pine branch, so there was no way we could have reached it without a bucket truck.  I watched it all day… READ MORE HERE

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Due to construction work, the April 9, 2018 meeting will be held at Oxbow Meadows.  Please spread the word.

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Click these handy links to find out more about our SPRING 2018 COURSE OFFERINGS:

2018 Course

2018 workshops

(see below for specifics about our alternating locations)

2017 Picnic Photos Posted!:  CLICK HERE


April 9 – Oxbow – Note: this is due to construction at UGA office.
May 14 – Oxbow
June 11 – UGA Ex. Office
July 9 – Oxbow
All dates except the picnic begin at 6PM and end (hopefully) before 8PM.

All of our meetings are on the second Monday of the month, except, of course, September’s annual picnic. Now you can put us on your calendar early and plan out your entire year of beekeeping meetings. These meetings alternate locations between Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Rd., Columbus, GA and the UGA Cooperative Extension office – 420 10th Street in Columbus, GA. Time is 6:00 PM
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