Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Which Is Better? A 3 lb Package or a Nuc?

SPRING HAS SPRUNG
(4:58 p.m. central time today)
Wake up and smell the flowers
The weather is just starting to warm up,
and our bees will soon be out on spring flowers.
SOCIAL HOUR (Noon - 1pm)
SAT. MARCH 30TH 
PRIOR TO OUR ONSITE 
SPRING MANAGEMENT COURSE(1pm- 5pm) 
Honey Tasting
Mead Sampling
David's Special Coffee*
Refreshments
*David will be roasting, grinding and making his special coffee in a French press for this event. This coffee will be Yirgacheffe grown in Ethiopia at an elevation of around 6,000 feet.
Come join us for this special social hour before our Spring Management Course. You do not have to attend the course to enjoy social hour. EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, David Burns will be mingling and answering beekeeping questions.
Spots are still available for this ONSITE SPRING MANAGEMENT COURSE. 
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER. 
Once your bees survive the winter, knowing what to do next is crucial. When to split? How to prevent swarming? When to add supers? Join us for this exciting spring class.

What Your Bees Wished You Knew
Give your bees your best. Your best is going to be limited by what you don't know about beekeeping. Don't be fooled, it isn't as easy as it may look. Our Online Beekeeping Course is a course designed for the new beginner. From the comfort of your home at your own pace. Watch these instructional videos anytime. Earn a certificate of achievement.


Beekeeping Conference
This Saturday David Burns will be a keynote speaker at the Will County Beekeeper's Conference in Joliet, IL. There is still time to register for this event.


Which Is Better?
Package or Nuc?
David has just produced a new YouTube video on the pros and cons of starting with a 3 pound package of bees versus a 5 frame nuc. This video also demonstrates how to transition from a Winter-Bee-Kind to a Spring Burns Bees Feeding System. Click on the play button below.

FRAME PROP
Your hands are full when you inspect your hive. You are holding your hive tool, and most beekeepers wear gloves making it even more difficult to handle everything. Our new Frame Prop allows you to prop your frame up on top of the hive so you can look for the queen or easily catch her. Only $15 with free shipping.

Spring Tips, Tricks and Essentials

These are some common issues beekeepers face in the spring?

- Swarm prevention. All healthy colonies swarm in the spring.

- Diseases caused by excessive spring moisture

- Making splits

- Rotating hive boxes

- Dealing with a worn out queen

- Catching swarms

- Spring nutritional needs of the colony

Swarm prevention requires a tremendous amount of effort. You must inspect your colonies in the spring every two weeks and carefully search every frame for the possibility of swarm, queen cells. If you see cells on the lower half of the frames it usually means they will swarm soon. 50% of your colony will leave with your queen. The 50% left behind will use only one of the queens in the queen cells. This will decrease your chances of having a good honey production due to the reduced workforce.

While swarm prevention is impossible, it can be reduced by making splits, pulling out several frames from your overwintered colony with eggs or the queen and starting a new hive before they swarm.

In some climates, spring rains can cause excessive moisture around the hive. This spring moisture can increase the chances of such problems as European foulbrood, chalkbrood or nosema. Make sure you are able to provide a dry location for your hives in the spring and allow plenty of ventilation within the hive.

Rotating your deep hive bodies is only necessary when the complete colony has moved out of the lower deep. Do not rotate if any portion of the brood nest area is located in the lower deep hive body.

Some queens do not lay well coming out of winter. Be sure to monitor the eggs in the spring to ensure you still have a prolific queen. You must have a fast building up of bees in the spring. If she cannot lay sufficiently, your hive will fail to build up in numbers.

When your healthy, overwintered colonies swarm, you must have an empty hive ready to place them in. Make sure you have a swarm catcher hive ready. Otherwise, you will lose 50% of your hive. You will need to shake the swarm into a new hive to save it.

Finally, feeding bees in the spring is so vital to their future health. We recommend you add a teaspoon of pollen powder to a quart of 1:1 sugar water and feed from the top.

New Beginners Bundled Online Course

This bundle includes 3 of our top courses designed to help new beekeepers:

1. Basic Beekeeping
2. A Day In The Apiary
3. Getting Your Bees Through The Winter

1. The Basic course will ground you in the fundamentals. 

2. The Day In The Apiary will show you what to do out in the bee yard.

3. Getting Your Bees Through The Winter will help you do the right things all year to prepare your bees for winter. 


Save money when purchasing these courses as a bundle. Still not convinced? Read testimonials from some of our students by clicking here.

What If You Pick Up Your Package But You Cannot Install The Bees Because The Weather Is Bad?

What do you do when you need to install a package of bees but the weather is bad? You waited all this time to start beekeeping but now the weather doesn't look too good when you need to install your package. You are hearing mixed reports on whether you should keep them in their package...Read Full Article

Private One To One Lessons With David

David has traveled around the country to train one on one with various instructors in his sport. Now, you can train one on one with David. It's a private class. Private beekeeping lessons are tailored to your specific needs. You can choose from 30 minute sessions up to 4 hour sessions. (If you plan to travel through our area, why not schedule a private lesson?) These private lessons make great gifts! Choose the amount of time you prefer. 
 
Once you make your selection, you can call into the office or leave notes in your order as to what specific needs you'd like David to teach you. Also, you are welcome to bring a friend or spouse or others at no additional cost (limit 3 others).  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Only A Few Hive Kits With Bees Left

If you are still on the fence on whether to start beekeeping this year, now is the time to make the decision.

This kit comes painted, assembled and ready to go. Kit includes: a screen bottom board, two deep hive bodies, a honey super, and a package of bees with a mated queen.

It also comes with a total of 30 strong, wooden frames with beeswax coated plastic foundation.

Also includes:
Cloth hat and veil combo, hive tool, smoker, and a queen excluder.



We are David & Sheri Burns

Long Lane Honey Bee Farms located in east central Illinois
www.honeybeesonline.com

David & Sheri Burns
217-427-2678
Business Hours:
Tues. - Thurs 10 a.m. - 4:30
Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - Noon


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Join Us For Coffee

We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and Honeybeesonline.com. Only 6 days until the first day of spring. Heavy snow in some parts of the US makes it hard to believe. I've removed my winter-bee-kinds and have started feeding my colonies 1:1 sugar water containing my new ingredients with very positive results.

SOCIAL HOUR (Noon - 1pm)
SAT. MARCH 30TH  1pm- 5pm
PRIOR TO OUR ONSITE 
SPRING MANAGEMENT CLASS 
Honey Tasting
Mead Sampling
David's Special Coffee*
Refreshments
*David will be roasting, grinding and making his special coffee in a French press for this event. This coffee will be Yirgacheffe grown in Ethiopia at an elevation of around 6,000 feet.

Come join us for this special social hour before our Spring Management Course. You do not have to attend the course to enjoy social hour. EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, David Burns will be mingling and answering beekeeping questions.

Spots are still available for this ONSITE SPRING MANAGEMENT COURSE. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER. Once your bees survive the winter, knowing what to do next is crucial. When to split? How to prevent swarming? When to add supers? Join us for this exciting spring class.

NEW BEEKEEPING VIDEO!!!
For over a decade David has produced YouTube videos on beekeeping. His newest video is a basic "How To Start Beekeeping". This is NOT a basic class by no stretch of the imagination. Basic classes take hours to fully cover all there is to know to keep bees successfully. However, this video is a way to help people wrap their mind around what steps to take to pursue beekeeping.

How To Start Beekeeping
The Perfect Spring Feeding Approach 
In a perfect world we would not have to feed bees. We do not live in a perfect world but we do believe we have the perfect spring feeding solution. The Burns Bees Feeding System is a unique way to feed packages, splits or struggling overwintered colonies.  Here's why it is so effective:

1. Bees are fed from the top. During late winter or early spring colonies still cluster when outside temperatures drop below 50 degrees (f). Whether you are feeding a new split, nuc, new package or a struggling overwintered colony it is best to feed from the top. During cold snaps bees will not break cluster to go down to an entrance feeder. However, our system feeds the top of the cluster where the heat helps keeps the sugar water warm.

2. The feeding holes for the jars and pollen patties are screened. This means when you change out your jars or patties all the bees are held below the screen.

3. Since our feeder has two jar holes and one pollen pattie slot, you can also cover or open these to control moisture in late winter and early spring. 

4. Save them for fall as they are a great way to feed your bees in the fall too.

5. Available for 10 or 8 frame hives.


Burns Bees Feeding System Video


ONLINE COURSES FROM YOUR HOME
Beekeepers around the country have been enjoying our online beekeeping courses and it is so rewarding to sign certificates of achievements every day. 

Save the travel expenses of hotels, gas and food. No juggling schedules. Study at your own pace, when you have time. Study in the comfort of your home. Our Online Courses:






Knowing What To Do In The Spring Can Be Confusing?
Knowing what to do and when is the tricky part of beekeeping. You may not realize that it is harmful to rotate the hive bodies in the spring if there is any brood in the lower box. When can you rotate? Let me be your mentor. I have a special mentorship program called BeeTeam6 where you can call, email or text me concerns or questions about your bees. Plus you receive regular tips and instructional beekeeping video. Even if you are not keeping bees yet, this is perfect to help you gain the education you need before you start. Or if you are starting this year, why gain the extra peace of mind by having a Certified Master Beekeeper to consult. 
 
We are glad you are keeping bees or thinking about it. Thank you for supporting our family business for all your beekeeping needs.

Sincerely,

David and Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
217-427-2678
www.honeybeesonline.com

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Join Me This Saturday


Join me this Saturday from 1pm - 6pm. Come take a class with me. I'm an EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, David Burns. I've taught beekeeping classes for over a decade. You've seen me on YouTube, now join me for the afternoon on March 9th from 1pm-6pm. This is my last Beginner's class I'm teaching onsite for the year...LAST CHANCE. You can save shipping by picking up your beekeeping supplies at the same time. CLICK HERE NOW! 3 Spots Are Still Available. We are located 35 miles east of Champaign/Urbana, Illinois.

Sign Up Now. Join Me In Our Training Center As Shown Above.


COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR ONLINE COURSES

Q - Will I receive a certificate once I complete one of your online classes?
A - Once you complete the worksheets and send them to us you will receive a certificate of achievement.

Q - How long do I have to take an online course once I purchase one?
A - There is no time limit. Take as long as you wish. It does not go away.

Q - Do I have to sit down and take the course with other students online?
A - No, we provide you with video course links that you can watch alone at your convenience.

Q - Am I required to watch all the videos in one sitting?
A - No, you can watch the videos at your own convenience and even start over if you wish. You can go back and review the videos as many times as you'd like.

Q - What devices can I use to watch the class videos. 
A - All modern devices that can play online videos should work fine, such as smartphones, computers, tablets etc. 

Q - I've kept bees for a few years. Which class would be best for me?
A - Always start with the basic beginners course because there are aspects you may not know.

Q - What are your credentials to teach about bees?
A - I started beekeeping in the early 90s. I was certified as a Master Beekeeper in 2010 after being tested by the Eastern Apicultural Society of North America. I've written articles for the American Bee Journal, Mother Earth News and several books. I regularly speak at conferences, and have over 3 Million views on my beekeeping YouTube channel.  I've raise queens, and have sold packages and nucs and beekeeping supplies for over a decade. 

Q - How many online courses do you offer?
A - 6 and the 7th one is in the works. The six classes are:
1. Basic Beekeeping 2. Spring Management 3. Getting Your Bees Through The Winter 4. A Day In The Apiary 5. Queen Rearing and 6. Advance Beekeeping.

Q - Can I receive a discount if I purchase all 6 classes?
A - Yes, You can purchase all six courses and save $85

Q - I'm ready to take some classes. What do I do next?
A - Choose a class below and click on the link:








Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
www.honeybeesonline.com
David & Sheri Burns, Fairmount, Illinois
217-427-2678

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Early Warning Signs Of Swarming

We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and Honeybeesonline.com. Even though the National Weather Service claims that March will come in like a lion with very cold temps, spring is only 23 days away. Spring means SWARMS!!

Healthy colonies will swarm. If your hive makes it through winter they will likely swarm as soon as they can raise queens. Most colonies are already raising drones in preparation of mating with virgin queens from hives swarming. Are you ready? How do you get ready?

Why do healthy colonies swarm? Spring swarming is the natural way colonies reproduce. Your healthy colony must create another colony in order to keep the bee population strong. It's a good thing for bees to reproduce through swarming, but no so good for you.

When your hive swarms nearly 60% of your bees leave with the queen leaving behind queen cells. This  means that your hive doesn't have a queen and they are down in population by 60%. If you came out of winter with only 20,000 bees, now you only have 10,000 bees and no queen. You are in worse shape than when you started with a package. At least your package had a mated queen. To add to the risk factor, your multiple virgin queens must fight it out. Sometimes all virgin queens die in the fight leaving you with no hope for a queen because the brood is too old to raise a queen after 3 days. When the virgin queen takes her mating flight she faces the dangers of being eaten by a bird, not making it back to the right hive etc. And if you were hoping for a honey crop but your hive swarmed, your honey crop will be greatly reduced if not zero. 


We are also offering a Spring Management course here at our training center on Saturday March 30th from 1pm-5pm. This class has 4 spots still open. REGISTER NOW.

You really cannot tell if your hive swarmed or not judging by the number of bees left behind. They can swarm when you are not home to see it. You don't even know they swarm until you realize your hive isn't performing well. This is why preventing a swarm is so important. Swarm prevention is challenging work and takes skill and a thorough understand of the anatomy of the colony. For example, even if you make room by adding a super, a reproductive swarm will likely still occur. A reproductive swarm is entirely different from a swarm caused from overcrowding. 

Even though hives begin giving off early warning signs of a swarm 30 days prior to swarming, sadly, beekeepers are uninformed on what to look for and how to take the necessary action to prevent swarming. 

Most beekeepers are convinced swarming will not happen to them and so they are not prepared. When your colony swarms, they will land on your property not far from your hive and hang on a tree for several hours or several days before they finally fly off to their new home several miles away.

Unfortunately, most beekeepers do not have a spare hive to catch and place the new swarm into and within a few hours the swarm flies away and is gone forever. Make sure you have a new, fresh hive ready to place these "free bees" into as their new home.

We sell an Emergency Swarm Hive Kit. This kit comes with a tie down strap that wraps around the bottom board, deep box and top cover. It also comes with a screen mesh entrance screen to keep the swarm in so you can transport it to their new location. This is handy to have on hand and even keep in your car or truck should you spot a swarm while traveling or should you get a call to retrieve a swarm. Be ready!

If a neighbor calls, or the local school knows you keep bees and they ask you to come catch a swarm, be prepared with this swarm kit. You can even make extra money removing swarms from homes. Drop your name and phone number to local police departments, home improvement stores and pest control companies. You will be helping out your community.

Do you know the early signs of swarming...Read What They Are In This Article

In my DAY IN THE APIARY online course, I actually catch a swarm in the field from a tree and coach you on how to place it into a hive. It's a priceless teaching tool if you've never caught a swarm. This class is available online...CLICK HERE

Sign Up Now. Join Me In Our Training Center
March 9th 1pm-6pm
REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN

Come take a class with me, David Burns. I'm an EAS Certified Master Beekeeper. I've taught beekeeping classes for over a decade. You've seen me on YouTube, now join me for the afternoon on March 9th from 1pm-6pm. This is my last Beginner's class I'm teaching onsite for the year...LAST CHANCE. You can save shipping by picking up your beekeeping supplies at the same time. CLICK HERE NOW! I'll make room for you.

Sign Up Now. Join Me In Our Training Center
March 9th 1pm-6pm
REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN

Your Bees Need Protein As Soon As Good Weather Allows Them To Fly
Here's a nifty little way to help your bees. Buy our pollen substitute powder and place it in a bowl or on a board in your bee yard in late winter and early spring. Add a tiny bit of honey to attract the bees faster. Then, watch them pack the powder in their legs and head back to the hives. It's so easy and fun to watch. Make sure you do this on dry days. 


Don't Wait Until You're Desperate Or It's Too Late!  Make Sure You Have A Hive To Put A Swarm In.

It is essential that we feed bees in the spring. Even if fruit trees are blooming why not give them an added boost. Our feeding board is perfect spring. Holes are lined with screen to make changing jars easy by keeping the bees down. On a rainy, spring week, your bees cannot gather much needed food. Feeding your hive will speed up drawing comb. ORDER NOW


FREE SHIPPING    2+2 Kit    2 Hives + 2 Packages

It's better to start with two hives. 

You can swap frames to balance your hives during the year. If a queen dies, just move a frame of eggs over from the other hive. MORE DETAILS

1 Complete Hive FREE SHIPPING
If you have bees, they are likely to swarm. If you catch them and place them into a new hive you've just saved $130! Have a hive ready to put them in. Our hives are Amish made here in Illinois. Top Quality. Order now.

You Will Need Some Coaching This Spring?
Spring brings panic into the hearts of beekeepers. Knowing what to do and when is the tricky part of beekeeping every spring. 

-Do I reverse the deep hive bodies?
-When Can I Start Feeding?
-Should I let them raise a new queen or buy a new one?
-What is checkerboarding and how do I do it?
-How do I avoid spring farm sprays and will it kill my bees?
-Why does the new study on mites going to bee's fat bodies matter?
-Formic? Oxalic Acid?
-Does my honey have to be 18% in moisture content?
-What does the deadly American foulbrood look like?
-Why is chalkbrood and European foulbrood worse in the spring? And how can I prevent it?

Let me be your mentor. I have a special mentorship program called BeeTeam6 where you can call, email or text me concerns or questions you are having about your bees. Plus you receive a regular tip and an instructional beekeeping video. Even if you are not keeping bees yet, this is perfect to help you gain the education you need before you start. Or if you are starting this year, why not have the extra peace of mind by having someone you can consult. 
 
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
www.honeybeesonline.com
217-427-2678

Friday, February 15, 2019

Spring Is Only 34 Days Until Spring

Thank you for your interest in beekeeping. We are David and Sheri Burns and we operate a beekeeping know as honeybeesonline.com and Long Lane Honey Bee Farms in central Illinois. When you purchase from us, not only does it allow us to live out our dream of making a living from beekeeping, but it allows us to continue to work hard at helping more and more people start beekeeping. We need more backyard beekeepers to help save the honey bee. As a family business we believe we can give you the personal touch you need to become a successful beekeeper. We started beekeeping in 1994 and began building beekeeping equipment in 2005. We live down a long lane, and thus was born Long Lane Honey Bee Farms.

Beekeeping is our love and passion and livelihood. We enjoy helping others get started in beekeeping.

The first day of spring is only 34 days away!! That means beekeepers must: 
1) Prepare to make splits
2) Prepare to catch swarms
3) Prepare to raise queens for those splits 
4) Purchase extra hives for these splits and swarms 
5) Know the best way to feed in late winter and early spring

Here are some questions beekeepers face in the spring: 
  -How soon to inspect after winter? 
  -How do I feed my bees in the spring? 
  -How do I make a walk-away split?
  -How do I make a split without buying a new queen? 
  -How do I prevent a swarm? 
  -Do I split for more hives or keep my hives as one hive for more 
   honey? 
  -How do I do that? 
  -Will I be able to detect those nasty spring diseases? 
  -How do I equalize my hives that made it through the winter? 
  -Should I replaced my hives that died with packages or nucs? 
  -Is it okay to reuse old frames from hives that died? 
  -How do I inspect my hive in the spring?

We also offer Online Beginner's CourseQueen RearingSpring Management, Advance Beekeeping and A Day In The Apiary. Take Our Ultimate Course which is all 6 courses and save $85.

Here's what others are saying about the online classes:
     "I feel I have learned a lot from your online spring management course!  You have done a great job and I look forward to the queen bee course!"     Yasmin, Canada
 
     "I have finished all lessons from your online beginners course.  Really great and have learned a lot....I plan on continuing with some of your other courses."      Dennis, Georgia
 
    "Just wanted to let you know that I am thoroughly enjoying the Spring Management online class. I'm gonna add the others soon!"   Dan, Missouri 
 
    "David is so knowledgeable and teaches to my level as a new beekeeper.  He is also very encouraging. Very much appreciated."  Rick, Illinois
It would be sad for your hives to make it through winter but perish in the spring. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP NOW!

Starter Hive With Bees
Last year many new beekeepers didn't get to start beekeeping because everyone sold out of bees early. This year we are making a new beginner kit available with bees. Our starter/hobby kit is the perfect way to test out if beekeeping is right for  you. Our Hobby KIT is a starter kit. This is the least expensive way to get started.  You will need to add more boxes or additional items to this hive as it grows, but you can purchase this kit to get started without paying for the full hive at one time, so it's a little easier on the wallet. 

Buy other boxes as you need them. This hive kit comes with a screen bottom board, a deep hive body with 10 wooden frames and foundation, top cover, entrance feeder and entrance reducers, a cloth hat/veil combo, a smoker and and a hive tool.  Boxes are rabbet joint corners and the hive is assembled and painted. This offer is so that new beginners can secure a hive and a 3lb package of bees with a mated queen. We ship the woodenware and equipment free. But the bees can only be picked up at our location this spring. 

Package Bee Information - Please read thoroughly before purchase. Pick up date tentatively 4/27/19.

3 lb package of bees with mated queen. Italian. Limited Quantity.  PICK UP AT OUR TRAINING CENTER IN FAIRMOUNT IL ONLY (we are 25 miles east of Champaign-Urbana, 2 and1/2 hours south of Chicago, 1 and 1/2 hours west of Indianapolis).  We do not ship bees.  

Varroa Destructor Mite Spreads Viruses
Honey bees now suffer from so many viruses that are likely spread when mites bite your honey bees. Some of these viruses do not take their toll on a colony until around February or March. All at once the colony begins to crash with plenty of honey in the comb. It's sad. Controlling mites must be started in the spring and continue until your last inspection in the fall. Check out my article on how to test for mites. Learn More 

Spring weather can be warm, then cold, nice, then snowy
The rapidly changing weather of spring can leave your bees starving for food. As they start raising more brood in the spring a cold snap may hold them inside. Since they consumed most of their food in the winter they can quickly starve on cold spring days. Make sure you have our Burns Bees Feeding System on your hive this spring. Available for 8 or 10 frames hives. The screen holds the bees down when you change your sugar jars and pollen patties. If you need more ventilation just leave one hole open. On cold days and nights in the spring, the colony clusters high in the hive and is likely not to go down to entrance feeders. This feeder feeds the cluster or the new package or nuc.


Our Story


David began beekeeping in 1994 after hiving a swarm from a fallen tree.  After moving those hives from Ohio to Illinois, the hives were lost due to mites, and the yard had to be started all over again. In the beginning the Burns family just sold honey, but as time went on and the yard became bigger, the Burns family began building their own hives and selling them to other beekeepers.  Knowing that the success of beekeepers was all dependent upon education, David began blogging and uploading videos to YouTube.  In order to make sure beekeepers had the best and latest of scientific information on bees and beekeeping, David took several years to become a Certified Master Beekeeper.  A graduate of Lincoln Christian University, and now a Master Beekeeper through the Eastern Apicultural Society since 2010, workshops on beekeeping are taught all year at the Training Center in Fairmount, IL. He also has a mentorship program, talks throughout the country at beekeeping association meetings, and heard frequently on radio shows and podcasts. He is also a competitive sportsman and competes throughout the US. 
 
Sheri is a former teacher who joined the business in 2008.  A graduate of Lincoln Christian University with a degree in business management, she does just that - manages the business and customer service and can often be heard on podcasts with David. While she has staff in the office that helps her, she often prefers to talk to customers on the phone herself to make sure they get exactly the help that they need.
In her spare time, Sheri raises and teaches their one child still at home, takes care of chickens and gardens, sings in a community choir, and likes nothing better than to hang out with her grandchildren or read a book.  She dreams of retiring out west in St. George, Utah with David.
  
Buy your bees and equipment before every one beats you to it. We know you can run off to a big box store to buy your beekeeping supplies, but we are a small, American hard working family that would appreciate your business. Thank you for your support. We support our customers with expert advice, not myths and opinions. Some beekeepers and clubs are private and keep information close to their chest. You've probably met beekeepers who will not help you. We are here to help and as you can see throughout our site, videos and podcast, we freely share information that will help you become a better beekeeper. We hope you'll show your appreciation by purchasing your equipment from us which enables us to stay in business. Thank you.

We have become known for our amazing beekeeping courses and our really fun and highly informative  online beekeeping courses. We introduce thousands of new beekeepers to beekeeping each year through our thorough, yet simple to understand beekeeping lessons which are available online and in person at our training center.

Our videos are helping beekeepers around the world. Our beekeeping videos have passed 3 Million views on YouTube. Check out our videos.

We manufacture all hive components and ship to all 50 states. 
David is a certified Master Beekeeper of the Eastern Apicultural Society of North America.

Beginning beekeepers call us from around the country asking for advice and opinions. It is such a joy for us to see more and more people become involved as beekeepers!

Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
14556 N. 1020 East Road
FAIRMOUNT, IL 61841

Your Bees May Do Some Strange Things. What Will You Do?
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 you are having about your bees. Plus you enjoy receiving my beekeeping tips and instructional beekeeping videos. Even if you are not keeping bees yet, this is perfect to help you gain the education you need before you start. Or if you are starting this year, why not have the extra peace of mind by having someone you can consult.