Thursday, January 21, 2021

To Wrap Or Not To Wrap Your Hive For Winter


Hello from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms, we are David and Sheri Burns.


As beekeepers, we feel better wrapping our hives for winter because we insulate our homes, so why not make our hives toasty too.

Bees do not hibernate as some believe. Instead, the colony gathers together very tight and forms a ball within the hive to keep each other warm. This is known as the winter cluster. The queen may keep laying a smaller amount of eggs throughout the cold months of winter and this developing brood must be kept over 90 degrees (f). Areas further away from the cluster may be as cold as the outside temperature. Bees do not heat the inside of their hives like we heat our homes. They only stay warm by staying close as a cluster. They must continue to consume food, pollen and honey, to make heat.

They produce heat through their thoracic muscle located in their thorax. “Bees use two pairs of big fibrillar muscles, the dorsal longitudinal (DL) and the dorsoventral (DV) indirect flight muscles in various behaviours. The most important behaviours include warming of individuals in preparation for flight (Esch, 1960; Heinrich, 1980), flight itself (Esch etal. 1975; Esch 1976), communal hive heating (Himmer, 1932; Esch, 1960; Heinrich, 1987) and fanning during regulation of hive temperatures (Lindauer, 1954).” (Esch and Goller 1991:419).

In my newest video I answer the question if wrapping a hive is of any benefit.
Check out my newest video below and please subscribe so that you'll be notified each time I make a new video.




Backyard Beekeeping: Everything You Need To Know To Start Your First Hive


IT'S FINALLY HERE! So many of our customers have wanted us to write a book on beekeeping and we did! Backyard Beekeeping, Everything You Need to Know to Start Your First Hive. Copyright 2020 by Rockridge Press. 160 pgs.
 
We will sign your book when you order it from our website.

 
“The popularity of beekeeping is surging across the country―as an enjoyable hobby, source of delicious honey, and a way to help address the alarming decline in pollinators. David and Sheri Burns have written a comprehensive guide to getting started in beekeeping in an easygoing style that is chock-full of accurate and up-to-date information. If you’re thinking of keeping bees in your backyard or on the roof of your apartment building, or even if you already have a hive or two, this will be a very useful book for you.” ―Gene E. Robinson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Start Beekeeping In 2021 The Right Way

Our customers love how gentle our 3 lb. packages of bees are and how strong the queens perform. Our packages are on sale now. Check them out by clicking here.

Be sure and take our beekeeping course if you are new to beekeeping. Our Online Ultimate Beekeeping Course will help you get started the right way, from the comfort of your home.


Friday, January 15, 2021

Test Your Beekeeping Equipment Knowledge


Hello from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms, we are David and Sheri Burns. Take our beekeeping equipment test and see if you can identify what these different pieces of beekeeping equipment are and how they are used.


Below, look through the pictures of various beekeeping equipment and see if you can identify each one and how they are used. Then watch my new video below as I explain each one.
























Our customers love how gentle our 3 lb. packages of bees are and how strong the queens perform. Our packages are on sale now. Check them out by clicking here.

Be sure and take our beekeeping course if you are new to beekeeping. Our Online Ultimate Beekeeping Course will help you get started the right way, from the comfort of your home.


New YouTube Video Above

We continue to make more videos, but some of you have not subscribed to our YouTube channel, which means you never know when we make new videos. Please subscribe on YouTube and click on the bell so you will be notified each time we make a new video. You do not want to miss out.

Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
www.honeybeesonline.com
Fairmount, IL 61841
217-427-2678






Tuesday, January 12, 2021

2 New Videos

Hello from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms, we are David and Sheri Burns hoping that you are your family is have a safe and healthy 2021.


It's encouraging to see more and more people picking up the hobby of beekeeping in 2021. Being quarantined during the pandemic has given rise to the discovery of many stay-at-home hobbies such as beekeeping.

Did you know that beekeeping is as simple as starting with a starter hive and a package of bees? If you just now learning about beekeeping we have the perfect book for you. Last year Sheri and I were approached by Rockridge Publishing about writing a book for those brand new to beekeeping. We agreed and it was a very enjoyable adventure, husband and wife, writing a book together on what both of us love so much, helping new beekeepers get started.



Backyard Beekeeping: Everything You Need To Know To Start Your First Hive


You have some time to read through our book before spring arrives.


3 LB Packages With Mated Queens
Available Now!
Our customers love how gentle our 3 lb. packages of bees are and how strong the queens perform. Our packages are on sale now. Check them out by clicking here.

Be sure and take our beekeeping course if you are new to beekeeping. Our Online Ultimate Beekeeping Course will help you get started the right way, from the comfort of your home.

New Videos!
We've Posted 2 New Videos
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Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
www.honeybeesonline.com
Fairmount, IL
217-427-2678





Friday, January 1, 2021

Happy New Year! New Video Available Now and Packages Of Bees For Sale Now!


Happy New Years Day from David and Sheri Burns at Long Lane Honey Bee Farms, www.honeybeesonline.com

We did it!! We reached 50,000 Subscribers last night on December 31. Thank you so much for helping us reach 50,000 subscribers on our beekeeping YouTube Channel.

Now that it is 2021 let's start the new beekeeping year the right way:


Packages Of Bees Available Now Click Here Now

5 Frame Nucs Available Now Click Here Now

Last Day For Online Courses at 50% Off. Last day to take advantage of this huge savings. Click Here Now For Our Ultimate Beekeeping Online Courses


Our packages of bees are available now. They sell out very fast. We also have 50 (limited) Nucs available for sale and many have been sold already.






New YouTube Video
50,000 Subscribers
We reached our 2020 goal of 50,000. Thank you to everyone for help us reach this goal. We are so thankful that you have told us how much you enjoy our Beekeeping channel. Keep watching for more upcoming videos. Today's video is about which hive makes the most sense for a new beginner.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Beekeeper's Calendar - Packages Of Bees & Nucs Go On Sale In A Few Days

 


Happy Holidays from David and Sheri Burns at Long Lane Honey Bee Farms, www.honeybeesonline.com

We want to take this time to extend a very warm and heartfelt thank you to all of our great customers who have remained loyal and supportive of our family business during the very trying times of 2020.

We've all faced so many various trying times during 2020, and we all must believe 2021 will be a better year. We are less than a week away from 2021 which means it is time to prepare your beekeeping calendar and make sure you stay ahead of the game. Sheri and I have made a new video speaking about the Beekeeper's Calendar, taking you through the year. Be sure and check out our new video below.

Important Information:

We have Winter-Bee-Kinds back online that will ship after the holidays. There is a limited amount, so get them while they last. Click Here They will sell out fast!

Our packages of bees will go on sale Jan. 1st 12:00AM. They sell out very fast. Currently our website says "Sold Out" only because they are not available until Jan. 1. So be ready to order our 3 pound package with a mated queen on January 1. We also will have 50 (limited) Nucs available for sale on Jan. 1. 2021. Just keep Checking These Links:



ALL ONLINE COURSES 50% OFF
THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR

Now is a great time to to learn all you can about beekeeping through our online beekeeping courses. Our most popular course is our Ultimate Course which contains the following combined courses taught by EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, David Burns
- BEGINNING BEEKEEPING
- SPRING: SURVIVAL, SUPERING, SWARMS & SPLITS
- ADVANCE BEEKEEPING
- QUEEN REARING FOR FUN OR PROFIT
- DAY IN THE APIARY
- WINTER: GETTING BEES THROUGH THE WINTER






New YouTube Video
50,000 Subscribers Closing In
We are closing in on 50,000 subscribers for our YouTube beekeeping channel. Thank you so much for helping us reach 50,000!! We are only 400 subscribers away from 50,000. We are hoping to reach this in 7 days! Please subscribe and help us reach our end of the year goal!

Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
14556 N 1020 E Rd.
Fairmount, IL 61841
(217) 427-2678 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving & 50% Off Online Courses Starting Today

 


Happy Thanksgiving!
50% off Online Courses
Starting Now!!

Sheri and I would like to thank the wonderful friends of our business for your continued support and loyalty through this very trying year of 2020. Sheri and I hope that you and your family are healthy and safe.

So many of our great customers have continued to support our family bee business throughout 2020 and we are so thankful. We are still here helping beekeepers around the country. What helped us stay afloat was the outpouring of appreciation shown for our online beekeeping courses. When COVID19 started we took our Online Beekeeping Courses down to 50% off so that we could help mend the gap between new beekeepers and classroom training that was not allowed due to the virus. Our online courses were enjoyed by beekeepers throughout the US. Now, once again, all of our Online Beekeeping Courses are now 50% off through Cyber Monday.

  • With the pandemic not letting up, you will not likely be able to take a beekeeping class at a club or college this winter or spring.
  • Enjoy our courses from the safety and comfort of your home.
  • Our Online Courses are private, not a zoom meeting.
  • Watch the course videos whenever you want.
  • Courses are yours forever, so spend the winter soaking up all the knowledge you can to help be prepared this spring.

As local beekeeping classes have been canceled around the country, our ONLINE COURSES will give beekeepers the knowledge they are seeking. We've had our classes online for several years with students telling us how much they enjoy and appreciate our online courses.

Our Most Popular Course Is Our
The Ultimate Course Includes: Spring Management, Basic Beginners, How To Get Your Bees Through The Winter, Advance Beekeeping & How To Raise Queens

With the increase in Online Courses, David has been very busy signing each Certificate of Completion

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

Monday, November 16, 2020

New Beekeeping Video & Why Bees Die In The Winter

 


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

We are only 10 days away from Thanksgiving!! We realize with COVID 19 Thanksgiving might be different for your family gatherings, so please be safe and enjoy this special time of the year.

I've made a new YouTube video that you will enjoy. Find out in this video if my experiment will succeed to be a flop. Click on the video below to watch.



New YouTube Video
50,000 Subscribers Closing In
We are closing in on 50,000 subscribers for our YouTube beekeeping channel. Thank you so much for helping us reach 50,000!! We are only 1,637 subscribers away from 50,000. We are hoping to reach this goal by the end of 2020.


New YouTube Merchandise

You've been telling us for some time to offer T-shirts and merchandise on our YouTube channel, and so we are offering merchandise now!! In the description of our newest video you'll find links to pre-order your shirt or hoodie. There's a picture of me standing in front of my camera holding a frame of bees making a beekeeping video with my signature on the shirt.


This is a great for new beginners who are thinking about beekeeping or have only been keeping bees a few years. A great Christmas present. Order your autograph copy today.

Our book has been endorsed by Dr. Gene Robinson from the University of Illinois and EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, Jon Zawislak, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and EAS Certified Master Beekeeper and Steve Repasky, Author of Swarm Essentials and EAS Certified Master Beekeeper

“The popularity of beekeeping is surging across the country―as an enjoyable hobby, source of delicious honey, and a way to help address the alarming decline in pollinators. David and Sheri Burns have written a comprehensive guide to getting started in beekeeping in an easygoing style that is chock-full of accurate and up-to-date information. If you’re thinking of keeping bees in your backyard or on the roof of your apartment building, or even if you already have a hive or two, this will be a very useful book for you.” ―Gene E. Robinson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“David and Sheri have combined a thorough knowledge of honey bees with years of practical hands-on experience into a clear and concise introduction to hobbyist beekeeping. This well-organized and illustrated book invites and encourages the reader to begin falling in love with bees for themselves.” ―Jon Zawislak, Apiculture Instructor, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

“In the very complex field of keeping honey bees, David and Sherri simplify the many in-depth topics that a new beekeeper needs to consider when starting their beekeeping journey. Backyard Beekeeping is a must-read for anyone considering this fascinating adventure!” ―Stephen Repasky, EAS Certified Master Beekeeper and Author of Swarm Essentials

Online Beekeeping Courses
With the pandemic worsening, the chances of winter or spring on site beekeeping classes at your club or college do not look good. Decide now to prepare for spring by taking one of our ONLINE beekeeping courses. Beware that some FREE online courses may not be thorough enough to give you the knowledge you need. You can enjoy my video courses in the comfort of your home, at your own pace. These courses are yours to keep forever and you can safely learn about bees from your home.
Click on this link for online course info: https://www.honeybeesonline.com/online-beekeeping-academy/
Winter-Bee-Kinds UPDATE
Because our winter-bee-kinds are selling so fast, we temporarily took them offline until we can get caught up! We plan to be caught up within a week or two so look for them to be back online. We appreciate the support of our product.
Feeding Bees In The Winter: Inspecting A Winter Bee Kind
Why Bees Die In The Winter

Varroa Mites Spreading Viruses
-Keep your mite levels down all year long to control winter viruses.

Lack of Resources
-Our Winter-Bee-Kind is a great way to ensure your bees do not run out of resources during winter.

Lack of Bees of Winter Physiology
-Bees of winter physiology live 4-6 months giving your bees the population they need to stay warm throughout the winter, and be strong in the spring.

Poor Queen/Lack of Adequate Population
-Inspect your hive every 2 weeks in the spring and summer to ensure you have a strong laying queen. If not, replace her.

Too Much Moisture
-Condensation can develop inside the hive in the winter. Use a Winter-Bee-Kind to absorb the moisture.

Disease
-Monitor your hive in the spring and summer for any signs of diseases.