Saturday, February 4, 2017

Hello Friend! You are reading this either because you are a beekeeper or you are interested in beekeeping. Hi, we are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and We are located in East Central-Illinois. Customers drive from many hours a way to purchase hive kits and bees. Why not save some shipping cost and drive over this week and pick up your Freedom Kit. Includes two hives and two packages of bees and mated queens and the equipment you need to get started. You can pick up your hives and equipment this week and then pick up your bees in the spring. Come on by and meet some nice folks who know about bees. We are opened an additional day, the first Sunday of each month. We are open this Sunday Feb. 5th noon-5pm.

Sign up for one of our upcoming beekeeping classes. Click here for the full schedule. We also teach beekeeping classes at Heartland Community College in Bloomington, Illinois and at the Danville Area Community College in Danville, Illinois.

We've created two new videos, one for beekeepers who are wondering how to feed bees in the winter and one for prospective beekeepers who are staring this spring:

How To Put A Hive Together In 60 Seconds

Feeding Bees In The Winter

Normally, treating for varroa mites during the winter is not practical. It is true that oxalic acid and powdered sugar works better on broodless colonies. However, I would never recommend disturbing a colony during the winter by administering some sort of treatment. A better approach is to keep mite levels below 3% all year so as they enter winter they are healthy and do not need treated.


We are located in East-Central Illinois between Danville, IL and Champaign/Urbana, Il, about 5 miles south of I-74 exit 206.

Mon 10am - 6pm  
Tue   10am - 3pm
Wed  10am - 6pm
Thu   10am - 3pm
                                                              Fri       9am - Noon
                                                        1st Sunday of Each Month Noon-5pm

You Can Still Wrap Your Hive Even In The Middle Of Winter
Even though I filmed this video in late summer, you can still wrap your hive in the winter.

What If You Could Call, Email Or Text A Certified Master Beekeeper To Help You With Your Hive?
Knowing when and what to do 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'm glad you are keeping bees or thinking about it. Thank you for supporting our family business for all your beekeeping needs. Let us help you make a good decision on equipment such as our Freedom Kit, which is one of our very popular kits to get started in beekeeping. Click here to learn more about our start up kits.

Here are a few important articles to help you prepare for spring:

Help your bees make it through winter by making a few changes more

Let me tell you how to test for varroa mites on your more

Get ready to make some spring more

Are you installing a package of bees this spring? Do it the right more


David and Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms217-427-2678