The June meeting is canceled.  Stay tuned for our next meeting date and announcements. 

June 2020 President's Message

Dear Fellow Beekeepers,
The June Coweta Beekeeper Association on June 8, 2020, Monday, is CANCELLED.  The Coweta Extension Office has partially opened, but still no large gatherings due to Governor Kemp's executive orders for Georgia to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Hopefully, the situation will continue to improve in our state, and we will be able to meet in July for our meeting.  Please check the http://www.cowetabeekeepers.org/ website for updates.

Continue to follow safe daily habits to stop the spread of germs.  Wear a face covering in a public setting, practice social distancing, and wash your hands frequently.  If you feel sick, stay home, and contact your healthcare provider.  If someone in your household has tested positive for Coronavirus, keep the entire household home.  If you are an older person or have a serious underlying health condition (i.e., lung or heart or weakened immune system), stay home and away from other people.  For more information, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/ and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. 

Your colony population should be LARGE at this time.  Sometimes during the hot weather, your bees may "beard" on the outside of the hive.  Bees bearding or clustering on the front of the hive is normal during the summer months.  Bearding occurs when the hives have increased their colony size to take advantage of the nectar flow.  The bees do not want to overheat the brood, so some of the bees will hang out on the outside of the hive and fan to increase the airflow, cooling down the hive.  As a beekeeper, you can assist by propping up the back of the top cover.       

The bees have worked hard making honey, and now it's time for the beekeeper to start planning to extract the honey.  One of the best things about keeping bees is harvesting the honey.  How sweet!  Remember to set some honey aside for the October Honey Show. 

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Debbie King


Georgia Honey Bee License Plate Is Here!

How do you purchase a Save the Honey Bee license plate now???

Apply for a Specialty license plate at your County Tag Office through the same process you use to apply for a standard plate. 

Find your nearest local tag office here ... https://mvd.dor.ga.gov/motor/tagoffices/SelectTagOffice.aspx.

We will no longer be accepting payments on the GBA website.


We would like to thank the staff at the Coweta County UGA Extension Office for the privilege of using their facility each month.