Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Discovery: New Bacterium May Be Killing Bees In The Winter

3 Pound Packages are available online for purchase, but only around 50 left. Click here to order now. Don't wait too long to order or we may be sold out.

Hello, we are David and Sheri Burns at Long Lane Honey Bee Farms/www.honeybeesonline.com

Serratia marcescens strain sicaria: Killing Bees In Winter?

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I worked hard to become an EAS Certified Master Beekeeper so that I can better equip beekeepers on how to do it right. A good master beekeeper is constantly studying new discoveries and reports on honey bees.

Beekeeping is no longer hands-off. You cannot just throw bees in a hive and wait a few months and harvest gallons of honey. 

Beekeeping is more challenging now than it ever has bee. A new bacterium called, 
Serratia marcescens strain sicaria, more simply named sicaria, which means assassin, and Ss1 for short. This bacterium has been found in bees that die in the winter, and in varroa mites. The dying bees seem to drift away from the winter cluster before dying. It still deserves much more research. This should emphasis how important it is to take a beekeeping class. It sounds like keeping mite levels low all year could reduce this bacterium during the winter. Learning how to keep mite levels below 3% all year is essential for the well being of bees.

List of a few of our 2017 beekeeping classes:

Beekeeping For Beginners Feb 18th 1pm-6pm (Only a couple of spots still open)
Beekeeping For Beginners Feb 25th 1pm-6pm
Spring Management March 4th 9am-1pm
A Day In The Apiary With David May 27th 8:30am-11am

See additional classes we are offering for 2017 by clicking here.


  

Our Freedom Kit has been a top choice for new beginners. Starting with 2 hives is always a better idea. You can share resources between hives and observe difference between hives. Many years ago when we first started beekeeping (24 years now) we called a beekeeping supply company and admitted on the phone that we didn't know what to buy.  The response we got was, well, less than stellar:  "when you figure it out, call us back".  We decided that when we started our company, our customers would never be left to "figure it out".    

After seeing what's out there on the market, our customers come here looking for quality, well constructed, made in America Hives....made right here in Illinois. 

Our hive kits are assembled and painted.  Made by master craftsmen.  These workhorses will outlast your lifetime. Our boxes are rabbet joints to expose LESS wood to the elements, which eliminates cracks and buckles caused by finger joints. Our telescoping top covers are covered with painted aluminum --which will never rust and will stay looking nice for a long time. We do not cut corners with our inner covers either, these will NOT fall apart on you after the first year as some others do. 

Hive boxes come complete with all the frames and foundations so you don't need to spend time trying to figure out which frames go with what foundations and what sizes you need. Complete kits, come with FREE entrance feeder! Allow 2 - 3 weeks for delivery. Pick up available, just call! 217-427-2678 or see all of our hive kits at www.honeybeesonline.com

Test Your Beekeeping Skills

Take our beekeeping test and see how well you do. Answers are available by clicking here. Jot down your answers on a piece of paper then click the above link to compare and see how well you did.
1. What is the main cause of viruses in a colony?
2. How often should you inspect your hive to verify your queen is laying?
3. List three ways to reduce varroa mites without the use of chemicals or
    acids.
4. List two ways to combat small hive beetles.
5. What does one queen cell on the upper section of comb represent?
TRUE  OR   FALSE
1. Small hive beetles can not fly, only crawl.
2. Small hive beetles cannot survive a winter inside a clustered colony of    honey bees.
3. Oxalic acid does not kill varroa mites below the capped cell.
4. The universal queen color for 2017 is blue.
5. Honey bees are not on the endangered species list.
6. When a colony swarms they always leave with a new queen and the old
    mother queen remains behind with the original colony. 

Do You Know What This is?
One of the great things about being a beekeeper is that we can continue to learn and become better at what we do. I read that more pilots crash after they have 300 hours of flight time because their confidence exceeds their experience. It's the same for most beekeepers. Keeping bees for a couple of years causes many beekeepers to believe they know every thing there is to know.



One of our subscribers recently sent this photo to me wondering what it means to the overall health of her hive. Wouldn't it be nice to have a certified master beekeeper you can get answers from right away?

Are you sure you know what you are doing? Once you start beekeeping you will have a ton of questions. Every time you inspect your colony you will have twenty question marks floating above your hat and veil. Is the queen laying enough? Why aren't they building up faster? What does that queen cup mean? What is that worm? When do I put my queen excluder on? Why are they clustered under the hive? Yikes, no eggs!

I have expanded my mentorship program to include twenty more subscribers. When you subscribe you become part of our BeeTeam6 mentorship program. Here's what you get for less than $5 a week:

    - Access to my personal cell phone to call me when you just don't know
      what's going on or you don't know what to do next.
 
    - Access to my personal email to send me photos, videos or questions.

    - Access to my cell phone to text question.

    - My weekly instructional video.

    - A weekly tip, two pages full of new discoveries, best management practices
      and more. Example:
With spring approaching gain the spring management tips you need to keep your hives healthy. Sign up now for one of these twenty openings before they are taken. Click here now for more information. 

Sheri and I want to thank you for the opportunity to help you with all your beekeeping needs. Thank you for supporting a small, family business.

We are located in east-central Illinois, about 40 miles East of Champaign/Urbana, Illinois

217-427-2678  or visit us online at:

       

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Watch Bees Eating In The Winter

Happy New Year! It's 2017. Hello from David and Sheri Burns and honeybeesonline.com 

Here at Long Lane Honey Bee Farms we are gearing up for the 2017 beekeeping season and we hope you are as optimistic and excited as we are. Some of you are brand new to the idea of beekeeping. Good for you. Our ecosystem could stand a boost in honey bees. We need our honey bees to pollinate all the food that is good for us, like fruits and vegetables. We know you have lots of options when ordering hives and bees. We hope you'll choose us. Choosing a small, family business is important. It's not always about saving shipping cost or buying sale items. It's about purchasing hives made here in America, right here in Illinois by hard working family. We hope you'll honor our business. Thank you.

PACKAGE BEES are available online now. They always sell out fast so CLICK HERE to order now.

Your Hives Are Hungry Even In The Winter: We are just barely into winter and your bees are hungry. With several more months of bitter winter left, colonies need a lot of protein (pollen) and carbohydrates (honey) in the winter. We hear so many horror stories of how hives did not have adequate food stored up for winter back in September. Some hives are beginning to perish now from starvation.
Feed your bees in the winter. Watch our video below showing one of our Winter-Bee-Kind boards at work, reducing excess moisture in the hive, feeding bees and allowing an upper entrance.

Winter Bee Kind At Work
Winter Bee Kind At Work

Click here to order your Winter-Bee-Kind now. These will only be available a couple more weeks.
Without Taking A Class You Are Taking A Big Risk
It's never too late to learn something new. Beekeeping is more challenging now than ever before. Arm yourself with the knowledge and education you need to give your bees the best chance of making it. Take one of our classes, taught by EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, David Burns.

Beekeeping For Beginners Feb 18th 1pm-6pm
Beekeeping For Beginners Feb 25th 1pm-6pm
Spring Management March 4th 9am-1pm
A Day In The Apiary With David May 27th 8:30am-11am

2017 Beekeeping Institute
The Bee Institute is taught over two days covering in depth teachings on honey bee anatomy, understanding the colony, specialized beekeeping equipment, package bees verses nucs, how and when to feed bees, pests and diseases, best seasonal management practices for each season, how to raise and sell queens, swarm prevention, making splits, field work, mite tests, how bees communicate via pheromones, bee stings and reactions and more. You'll learn how to find your queen, how to mark her, and how to perform a thorough hive inspection, how and when to best add supers for maximum honey production, understanding the waggle dance, catching swarms and removing bees from structures, hive placement, how to work bees with minimal protection, how to move a hive to a new location, robbing and how to prevent it, reversing hive bodies in the spring, what to do about laying workers, royal jelly, characteristics of the different types of honey bees, how to keep bees in the city and much, much more. Sign up now. It fills up fast. 
Order Your Bee Hives And Other Equipment From Us
Several customers dropped in last week and purchased our Freedom Kit. Before you run out to a big box store, why not purchase your beekeeping equipment from us? We are experts in the field. Get started on the right foot. Thank you for supporting our family business for all your beekeeping needs. We do it all. We will educate you through a class, provide the bees and yearly queens and supply you with the hives and equipment you need to be successful.  Here's our most popular Hive Kits:
Our Freedom Kit has been a top choice for new beginners. Painted and assembled our hives are made here in Illinois under David's watchful eye. Starting with 2 hives is always a better idea. You can purchase it with or without bees. And comes with the equipment you need to keep bees. 

2 Hives gives you the advantage to move resources around to keep both hives going strong. Lose a queen? Just move a frame of eggs from the other hive. In a good year you can harvest twice the honey! For more info on our Freedom Kit follow these links:

Freedom Kit With Bees (Bees Are Picked Up Here In Spring)

Have a great day!
David and Sheri Burns
www.honeybeesonline.com
Tu-Thu 10-4pm
217-427-2678

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Hi, we are David and Sheri Burns at Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and www.honeybeesonline.com and we are excited for the 2017 upcoming beekeeping year. We expect another record number of people to begin keeping bees.

We are also excited about our classes for the new year. Each year we keep increase the number of our classes and we are offering additional speciality classes in beekeeping. Thinking about starting your own business? Join us as we discuss different kinds of bee businesses, along with a discussion on information all small businesses need to know.  We'll touch on employees, advertising, contracts, taxes, and more. This class is on June 11th from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Please seek the advice of your own legal counsel when starting your own business.

Our first 2017 Beginners Class will be held February 18th 1pm - 6pm here at our training center.


PACKAGE BEES FOR 2017

PACKAGE BEES go on sale online in just 12 days, January 1st. They always sell out fast so put it on your calendar. Order online on January 1st as fast as you can. Follow this link that will be updated at midnight Jan. 1st.

Christmas Gift Cards

Maybe you are wondering at the last minute what to get someone for Christmas. Maybe it's too late or you're too exhausted to think anymore. Why not give them a gift certificate from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and get them started in beekeeping. It is a gift that will entertain them the whole year. In just 4 days it will be Christmas Eve. Now is the time to take advantage of our special Gift Certificates. Sometimes it's hard to know just what to get someone. Beekeeping has always been a huge surprise as a Christmas gift. A gift certificate from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms will give them the pleasure of getting what they have really wanted not just another coffee mug or candle.

If you are considering giving that special someone an entire hive kit with bees, they are available online. However, we can no longer ship hives in time for Christmas. So please use the gift certificate link above.  Remember, our hives are built right here in Illinois. Help keep American, family businesses strong.

Phenomenal Response

Last spring Certified Master Beekeeper, David Burns, began a mentorship program for beekeepers. This program affords the member to have access to David's years of knowledge and skills either by email, his personal cell phone or text.  David didn't expect too many to sign up but the response has been phenomenal. There are still a few spots open to reach David's maximum number he is willing to take. This could be a great gift as well. For more information, visit our Membership Info page. Here's what David says about it, "You'll have access to my personal cell phone and private email. And you can send me videos or pictures of your hive when it just doesn't seem right or you don't know what's going on. You'll also receive a weekly instructional video and a weekly beekeeping tip."

Winter-Bee-Kinds Production Will Soon End For The Year
We will complete our production of WBKs for this year in a few weeks. So if you are on the fence or need another one, please place your order now. Remember it's never too cold or too late to place a Winter-Bee-Kind on your hive. You've worked hard to keep your bees healthy.  Don't let them starve in the winter.

 

Did You Know This About Bees?

Bees do not have ears. If that's true how do they hear the lawn mower coming? They have vibration sensors throughout their body. Sound waves produce vibrations. But without ears how do bees talk to each other?

Through pheromones. Pheromone glands are located at various places on bees. These highly volatile vapors are mixed and dispersed throughout the colony and are received by the antenna of the honey bee.

For example, we've all heard of the alarm pheromone. This is a chemical substance located on the sting apparatus of the honey bee. When we are stung the venom sac releases alarm pheromones on the sting site. This alarm pheromone becomes an indicator to other bees where the trouble lies.

Another commonly understood pheromone is the Nasanov gland located near the end of the abdomen on worker bees. You can actually see this gland open and with a good nose you can smell the scent. Nasanov pheromone has several uses, one is to tell other bees where to land during a swarm.

A virgin queen releases pheromones in her mating flight to signal her location to drones. After she is mated this same gland releases a pheromone that prevents workers from laying.

Even developing larvae release pheromones indicating they need fed. There are so many more interesting facts about pheromones!!

Order Your Bee Hives And Other Equipment From Us
Before you run out to a big box store, why not purchase your beekeeping equipment from us? We are experts in the field. Get started on the right foot. Thank you for supporting our family business for all your beekeeping needs. We do it all. We will educate you through a class, provide the bees and yearly queens and supply you with the hives and equipment you need to be successful.  Here's our most popular Hive Kits:
Our Freedom Kit has been a top choice for new beginners. Painted and assembled our hives are made here in Illinois under David's watchful eye. Starting with 2 hives is always a better idea. You can purchase it with or without bees. And comes with the equipment you need to keep bees. 

2 Hives gives you the advantage to move resources around to keep both hives going strong. Lose a queen? Just move a frame of eggs from the other hive. In a good year you can harvest twice the honey! For more info on our Freedom Kit follow these links:

Freedom Kit With Bees (Bees Are Picked Up Here In Spring)

Our Liberty kit is similar to our Freedom kit only the Liberty kit is for one hive. You can purchase it with or without bees. All our hives are painted and assembled, ready to be placed in your yard. Comes with equipment you need to get started.

For more information on our Liberty Kit, follow these links:


Don't get sucked in to all the "new fangled gadgets and concoctions" on the internet. Stay with science and proven methods. Let us help you in all your beekeeping needs.

Sincerely,

David and Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
Visit us online at: www.honeybeesonline.com

Or Call: Tues-Thurs 10am - 4pm 217-427-2678



Thursday, November 17, 2016

Hive Kits Available Now With Bees

We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and Honeybeesonline.com. We've just placed our 2017 Hive Kits With Bees online for purchase. This is just in time for you to get that special someone a Christmas gift that will TRULY be a huge surprise. Click here to see our 2017 hive kits. Remember, when our hives are built right here in Illinois. Help put small American businesses back on the map!

For those of you waiting on your Winter Bee Kinds to arrive, due to warmer weather this week, we had to postpone shipping until next week. But remember, your WBK will be shipped in the order the order was received. Many people placed their orders in August-October, so if you are just now placing your order, please be patient. Also, the WBK will arrive wet or syrupy. That is fine and the bees will enjoy that. This does occur in shipping and is perfectly expected and normal. If we made them so hard that they did not do this, the bees would not be able to consume the food. It's not too late to order your Winter Bee Kind now. Don't let your bees starve this winter.

Our 2017 class schedule is online now. The two classes that sell out the fastest are the Beekeeping Institute and How To Raise Queens. So if you are interested in making it to these classes, sign up now to reserve your spots. 

Check out all of our classes for 2017 at:

Another Great Christmas Idea

A Six Month's Mentorship
Purchase a 6 month membership to be mentored by EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, David Burns. Each week David sends out instructional tips and a video. Also, this mentorship includes access to David's private cell phone and email so you can personally talk to David about your hives. This makes a great Christmas gift. Click here to sign up. Leave a comment in the note section so that we can send a special Christmas card explaining everything to go under the tree.  

HIVE KITS AVAILABLE WITH BEES NOW!

Planning to start keeping bees in the spring or maybe you'll need something to put that new swarm into in the Spring?Buy your hives now and you'll avoid the spring rush on hives.

Our Freedom Kit has been a top choice for new beginners. Starting with 2 hives is always a better idea. Sometimes you need to share resources between colonies. With two hives you can transfer frames and keep each hive equally strong. This kit comes with 2 Packages of Bee (Bees Picked up here in the spring). Painted and assembled here in Illinois. 

Also included are the supplies necessary to start keeping bees. Beat the spring rush and order now. 



Our Liberty Kit comes with one hive and one package of bees (Bees picked up in spring at our location) plus supplies. All our hives are painted and assembled, ready to be placed in your yard. A great Christmas gift. Order now to receive the hive before Christmas.

We know you have other options for purchasing your beekeeping equipment, but we appreciate you honoring us with the opportunity to meet your beekeeping needs. We are a hard working, American small family business. We appreciate your business.

DID YOU KNOW THIS?
Drone - A male honey bee, produced by a queen laying an unfertilized egg, usually in a larger cell. Drones do not forage or build comb. They merely mate with virgin queens and die shortly after mating. They do not have stingers. Their eyes are so large they touch in the middle of their head. They have one extra antennae section than workers, used to locate the virgin queen in flight. Most colonies have between 200-2,000 drones. Drones do not have a father, but they do have a grandfather.
Be sure and give us a call 217-427-2678 or stop by our website at: www.honeybeesonline.com

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and Honeybeesonline.com. Our 2017 class schedule is online now. The two classes that sell out the fastest are the Beekeeping Institute and How To Raise Queens. So if you are interested in making it to these classes, sign up now to reserve your spots. 

Check out all of our classes for 2017 at:

Speaking of classes, we are offering one more class this Saturday here on the bee farm in our training center. "Show Me The Honey."

Sheri will be teaching this class addressing all aspects of honey such as how bees make honey, how to cook with honey, how to extract and bottle honey, the medicinal value of honey and much more. Here's the online link: http://www.honeybeesonline.com/show-me-the-honey-all-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-honey-workshop/

If you are wondering what to get that special someone for Christmas, maybe a beehive kit along with a class. Only 61 days to buy that perfect gift! Why not really surprise them with a hobby that's fun and good for the environment. Visit our website at: www.honeybeesonline.com


Some form of a candy board has been around for a long time. Beekeepers of long ago placed candy in their hives to provide enough food for their bees to survive the long months of winter. There are various mixtures and receipts for candy boards. Some are made with soft candy and some with hard candy. The end result is still the same. The bees will consume the sugar as they need it.
We've always been concerned about the amount of condensation that can develop in the hive during the winter. The bees produce heat within their hive and as the temperature is very cold outside the hive condensation will develop on the warm side just above the bees on the inner cover or top cover. This condensation can accumulate and drop down onto the winter cluster of bees below. Bees can stay warm in the winter but they must remain dry. If this cold water drips down onto the bees it can reduce their ability to keep their cluster warm. The insulation on our Winter-Bee-Kind helps reduce the excessive moisture and even puts some of that moisture to work as it accumulates on the candy and makes it easy for the bees to consume the sugar. Thus, a Winter-Bee-Kind can help lessen two winter stresses, the lack of food and excessive moisture. We've also found that in upper vent allows bees to take cleansing (potty breaks) flights in lower temperatures.
We make our Winter-Bee-Kinds with sugar and a healthy amount of pollen powder. Many beekeepers make the mistake of only feeding their bees sugar in the winter, but the bees also need protein which they obtain from pollen. Our Winter-Bee-Kinds come with pollen mixed in with the sugar.  We recommend that you place candy boards on your hive by December 22 (Winter Solstice). But anytime during the fall or winter is fine. Even if your bees run out of honey in February put a Winter-Bee-Kind on in February if you have too.
To watch my video on the Winter-Bee-Kind Winter Feeding Board or to read some Commonly Asked Questions Click Here.
What If You Could Call, Email Or Text A Certified Master Beekeeper To Help You With Your Hive?
Knowing what to do and when is the tricky part of beekeeping. Let me be your mentor. I have a special mentorship program called BeeTeam6 where you can call, email or text me concerns or questions they are having about your bees. Plus you receive a weekly tip and a weekly instructional beekeeping video. Even if you are not keeping bees until spring, this is perfect to help you gain the education you need before your bees arrive. I'll be sharing spring management tips during the winter to get you ready for spring.
 
Give us a call today. We open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 4pm.
217-427-2678
David and Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
www.honeybeesonline.com

Monday, September 26, 2016

Join Us For A Special Honey Class

We've added one more class for this October, "Give Me The Honey." 

Many Beekeepers miss out on the opportunity to capitalize on the main resource produced from their hives...HONEY!

Here is a class for you honey enthusiasts! Join Sheri Burns as she talks about honey -- how bees get it, how they pollinate, what types of flowers do they pollinate? Why is some honey light while other honey is dark? Learn about what's in honey and how it's beneficial to people (do YOU know where those beneficial enzymes come from?).  Watch an extraction demonstration and see how it's stored. Learn how to cook and bake with honey (and taste test some of Sheri's creations). And did you know there are other medicinal uses for honey?

This class starts at 1pm on Sat., Oct 29 and runs approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Not just for beekeepers but for anyone who enjoys honey (age 12 and up). Come learn what you've been missing about honey.


The workshop will take place at the Training Center of honeybeesonline.com which is located at 14556 N 1020 East Rd in Fairmount IL (30 min east of Champaign-Urbana).  Off Exit #206 Oakwood, go south into town.  At second stop sign (about 5 miles out in country) turn left.  At 2nd country road (1020 East) turn left.  Go down about 1/2 mile, you will see our signs.
Click Here To Sign Up Now

WINTER-BEE-KINDS

This year we've had an incredible surge in orders for our Winter-Bee-Kinds. The longer you wait to order, the longer you'll wait to receive your order. Please place your order ASAP to ensure we can get your order to you before your bees get too hungry this winter. We will NOT start shipping our WBK until after Nov. 1st. They are shipped in the order the orders are placed.  Click here to order yours today!

YouTube Videos Are Probably The Number 1 Way People Learn How To Keep Bees

Since most people learn how to keep bees by watching YouTube videos, we are working hard to regularly produce videos so that people learn by proven ways rather than by unproven folklore.  Our newest video addresses another way to wrap your hive for winter. Take a look below.


Thanks for checking out our blog today. Call us today 217-427-2678 (M-Thur. 10am-3pm central time)and place your Winter-Bee-Kind orders or sign up for our new Give Me The Honey Class. Visit us online at www.honeybeesonline.com

David and Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms



Thursday, September 22, 2016

It's Fall. Get Ready For Winter


Hi, we are beekeepers David and Sheri Burns. It's the first day of fall and winter is coming soon. Are your bees ready? Do you know what to do over the next few months to properly prepare your bees for winter? 

One Thing You Probably Learned This Year Is That You Need To Learn More

It seems so hands free and easy but beekeeping requires a certain degree of knowledge, skill and perfect timing to ensure a colony's health. With so many new challenges and options a beginners class is essential. Join us on Saturday Oct. 15th and fill in your knowledge gaps. Stop worry and wondering if you are managing your bees the right way. We have a few spots still open. Learn More
Beekeeping Mentorship Program
In May of this year I started a Beekeeping Mentorship program that has been so well received by beekeepers from around the country.
For less than $5 a week, you have access to my personal cell phone number and email. You can call me, text or email me when you have a question about your bees. Beekeepers send me videos, photos or questions about what they should do next. PLUS you also receive a weekly tip and and a weekly instructional beekeeping video. During the next few months I'll be focusing on Spring Management tips and videos to prepare beekeepers for swarm control, making splits, controlling mites in the spring and queen rearing. Wouldn't it be nice to have an EAS Certified Master Beekeeper you could talk to about your bees and get sound advice! Let's face it, sometimes you feel all alone in your new hobby. Spots are limited so if you are interested check it out today by clicking here. 

How Do You Keep Mice Out Of The Hive?

Mice are coming in! They know it's fall and winter is coming and your hives make a nice cozy place mice can raise their young. The only problem is they also want to kill your colony. Do something now! Watch my new video below and get your hives ready for winter:



Beekeepers know that our Winter-Bee-Kind makes a difference in the winter. It
provides carbs and proteins, insulates the top to prevent condensation and provides an upper entrance. Place your order now! We begin shipping these in November. You can place it on the hive anytime. Our Winter-Bee-Kinds start shipping in November in the order the orders were placed. So do not delay. Order Now!

 
It is essential that we feed bees in the fall. Even if they have plenty of honey now, what if they eat it all before winter starts. They still have to go through the rest of September, October, November and most of December before winter even arrives. And during this time there is hardly anything out there for them to gather. Our feeding board is perfect for fall and spring. Holes are lined with screen to make changing jars easy. Click here to get your feeding board today. This ships within 5 business days. Order now!

If you have kept bees very long you know how frustrating it is when your bees swarm and you have nothing to put them in. You could have caught your swarm and had a new hive, but the swarm only remained on your property a few hours and then flew off. In the Spring when you try to order beekeeping equipment suppliers are swamped and shipping is slow. Why not get that new hive now. You know you are going to need it. Buy it now and have it on hand! Our hives are made right here in central Illinois by master craftsmen. Before you run out and buy from other places, please consider supporting our family business. We've worked hard for you over the last 10 years to give you free beekeeping lessons and videos. Your return support is greatly appreciated. Check out our complete line of hives. Thank you!

Thanks For Your Continued Support!!

I had to buy new tires for my truck. I usually go to a huge warehouse store because they are cheaper. But, Aaron walked in last spring and bought hives from us and took a class. He runs a local tire company. He could have bought his hives from huge stores but he decided to come to us, a family business like he runs. I asked him for a quote for my tires and he beat the big warehouse. Even if he had been a little more expensive it would have been the right thing for me to do. I can't tell you how good I felt buying from a family business. This is the way it should be! Before you consider other places, give us a chance to earn your beekeeping business. We are a hard working family business that depends on great customers like you. Thank you for your loyalty.

Sincerely,

David and Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms