Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New Discoveries, Studies and Findings

Hello from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms. We just celebrated the 4th of July with fireworks and cookouts. To a beekeeper, the 4th of July means two things: 1) Honey and 2) Getting hives ready for winter. I'm the last person who wants to think about winter in July, but wouldn't it be nice to get all your hives through winter?

This year we filled more beekeeping classes than previous years because we designed our classes to accommodate student's schedules and offered more classes.  We have several classes still open for 2016. 

We have 1 spot left in "A Day In The Apiary With David" coming up this Saturday, July 9th 8:30-11:30. These classes are great because you gain nearly 3 hours of time in the hive with a certified master beekeeper. Isn't it time you gain more knowledge? We've offered several of these classes this year and this is the last one. Sign up now.

We have these classes still open for the 2016 seasons:



Winter-Bee-Kinds

Winter-Bee-Kinds are a smashing hit, a feeding system to place on your hives for winter. It also helps ventilate excessive moisture build up out of the hive, keeping your bees more dry in the winter. The insulation cuts down on condensation that drips down on bees in the winter. Everyone has been trying to buy them now, but they will go on sale August 1st. WARNING. Each year these are in huge demand. Even though they go on sale in August, we do not start shipping until November. This means those who order early in August will receive yours sooner than ordering them in late August. Be ready on August 1. We'll have a link on our main page: www.honeybeesonline.com 
If this is your first or second year to keep bees you have quickly learned that there's more to this beekeeping thing than you bargained for. Wouldn't it be nice to have me, certified master beekeeper, on the other end of the phone or email whenever you have a question. I started my new membership program and members are loving it.  We still have room for 10 more.

MEMBERS ONLY ACCESS TO:
-  1 New Instructional Videos Each Week.
-  Personal Email & Phone Mentorship With Me. You'll be a phone    call away from a certified master beekeeper.
-  Priority access to purchase queens when available.
-  Picture/Video Evaluation Of Your Hive When Needed. Send me    a video and/or pictures of what concerns you and I'll advise
   you on the next step to take.
-  Weekly Tips Of What You Should Be Doing With Your Bees.
-  Your Choice Of 1(one) Item From Our Membership Gifts List
   Below: (After 6 months subscribed)
   - 1 Free class at our location per year (Does NOT Include Bee Institute)
   - 1 Free Winter-Bee-Kind
   - 1 Free Burns Bees Feeding System


Are You Prepared For The Fall Dearth?
Burns Bees Feeding System
Our Burns Bees Feeding System now provides a perfect way to feed your bees during the fall in preparing them for winter. DO NOT use an entrance feeder in the fall or it may invite robber bees from other hives.  The jar holes are now both in the middle rather than side by side as pictured. It's a great way to feed your bees 2:1 sugar water in the fall and pollen patties.

The feeding ports are screened to keep the bees from flying out when you add more sugar water and patties. Also comes with lids with holes that you can screw onto your own small mouth jars. Get yours in time for fall. 

Discoveries, New Findings and Studies 

Information is everywhere. It's hard to sift through all the information about honey bees and know if it is solid or not. This is not just with bees, but everything. First, eggs were terrible for us. Now they're not. We never know who or what to believe.

At every conference or bee club inevitably someone comes up with a new report, a new study, a new discovery and everyone dashes over there to try it. 

Don't get me wrong, I stay up on things, but we need to be patient and remember that honey bees have been around a long time. There is no magic powder to sprinkle on bees and make all our problems go away. There is not one single person raising an awesome queen that can totally resist mites, diseases and produce tons of honey. Don't chase that rainbow. The success of your hive still depends on your hard work, not a new treatment...I mean we cannot prevent a common cold.

Here's a thought. The time you spend scouring the internet for the newest things folks are saying about bees, you could be spending that time in your hives keeping them healthy with proven management practices. Go and enjoy your bees!


David and Sheri Burns
www.honeybeesonline.com
217-427-2678
Fairmount, IL in central Illinois
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