Friday, June 29, 2018

What Beekeepers Are Reporting Across The Country

Hi, we are David and Sheri Burns at honeybeesonline.com and Long Lane Honey Bee Farms. We specialize in training others in beekeeping and selling beekeeping equipment. 

There is so much information about beekeeping that it is confusing! How can you know what you are watching on YouTube is the best method for where you live and what you are struggling to overcome with your bees? Will mites kill your hive through the spread of viruses? Sometimes you need answers from a trustworthy source. We have worked hard for over a decade to be a source you can trust.

We have 2 classes remaining for the 2018 beekeeping season:

A Day In The Apiary With David- Join Certified Master Beekeeper David Burns in the bee yard this Saturday June 30th from 8:30-11am. 2 spots are still open. This class takes place in hives. You'll learn how to find and mark your queen, how to do a proper inspection, how to test and control mites, how to move a hive, how to harvest honey from a hive, how to combine a weak hive to a strong hive, how to split a hive and much more. Click here to sign up now! Put an end to all your wondering about what's right or wrong.

Getting Your Bees Through The Winter- You've invested a significant amount of time, energy and money into your beekeeping hobby. It's sad to watch it go down the tubes in the winter. However, most beekeepers, especially beekeepers that have only been keeping bees a few years, do not take the necessary steps to ensure their bees are ready for winter. Many beekeepers will get the outside of the hive ready but fail to get the bees ready. Learn what it takes to ensure your bees have a sufficient number of bees of winter physiology and enough protein to carry them through winter. Click here to take this class on Saturday August 25th 1-6pm. 

Online Course-If you live too far to take our "Getting Your Bees Through The Winter" class onsite, consider taking our online course. This course will teach you everything you need to know to get your bees through the winter from the comfort of your home. Take the course any time, on your time schedule, from the comfort of your home. Save the travel and hotel expense. Click here to take our online video course, "Getting Your Bees Through The Winter." If you wait until fall to prepare your colony, it may be too late. Act now.

Wouldn't it be nice to have a beekeeping mentor you can trust and contract with questions? David has spots open in his BeeTeam6 mentorship/coaching program. Click here for more info

Our Winter Bee Kinds Will Go On Sale in 33 Days
Our Winter-Bee-Kind Feeding system can be ordered on August 1st. The reason for the early announcement is because they are shipped in cooler weather, probably in November. But, we shipped them out in the order that orders were placed. So if you order early you can receive yours early. However, if you wait until October to order, you may not receive yours until December. So as a courtesy reminder place your order early if you want your item early.

If you are a new beekeeper, be advised that bees MUST consume an ample amount of protein during the winter. Sugar and/or stored honey alone will not allow them to build up the brood they need to stay warm. Our winter-bee-kinds provide the protein they need to keep their population strong in the winter. Without a strong population, equal to 4 packages of bees, they will likely perish in very cold climates. Don't worry all winter, put your trust in our Winter-Bee-Kind to give your bees what they need.

Currently on our website it says, "Sold Out" which only means from last year. As of August 1, that will change to "Add To Cart"

Use this link on August 1st to order early:



When You Need A Queen, You Need Her Now!!
Thank you for your interest in our queens. I'm excited about offering our queens for sale again this year, 2018. As you know I am very particular about providing quality queens. I've put together my "QUEEN DREAM TEAM" consisting of others that will be raising queens for 2018. Highly respected and experienced beekeepers are working hard raising queens that are for sale online now. Or call in during business hours 217-427-2678. Isn't it nice to have a trusted source.

The queens that we sell are not a specific "race" but rather queens that have been raised from selected northern colonies that make us proud. Our queens are raised here in Illinois. As producers we are in compliance with the Illinois Department of Agricultural's rules and regulation regarding raising queens. All hives from which we are raising queens have passed inspection for 2018.

You can order 1-4 for the same shipping price (overnight UPS only) to save shipping. We no longer ship via USPS. 

Order Your Queen Now

Let Me Mentor You In Preparing For Winter?
Knowing what to do to get your bees ready for winter is so important! 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 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. 


David Burns, EAS Certified Master Beekeeper (2010)
 
What Beekeepers Are Saying
Beekeeping Class
We talk daily to beekeepers from across the country. Here's what we are hearing. Swarming was down this year. Beekeepers who were anxious to retrieve swarms to expand their operations were disappointed.

Colonies that started off producing tons of honey began requeening, placing lots of supersedure cells through the hive resembling swarms cells. If the colony is well populated, this can reduce mites and provide the colony with a new queen.

Many beekeepers found it difficult to requeen a colony that appeared queenless. This is often due to the colony raising their own queen that the beekeeper failed to see. Even though a virgin queen may not be present, she is often out on a mating flight. Always wait until late afternoon to check for queens since virgin queens are not taking mating flights late in the day.

Many beekeepers have asked my opinion about jar hives. Actually the idea of jar hives has been around since the late 1800s. By placing mason jars on a board as a super, bees build honey comb in the jars. There are pros and cons. It is a fun experiment. However, the down side is that there is wasted space around the jars where bees would normally fill up frames full of honey. Also, the jars only contain honey comb with honey in the comb. There is no honey in the jar unless you crush and destroy the comb or spoon it out to eat. It could be a haven for small hive beetles to hide. In Illinois Section 60.40 of the Apiary Law says, "Any hive from which all frames or honeycomb cannot be readily removed for inspection including cross-comb hives or any hive in any situation where adequate or efficient inspection is difficult, impractical, or impossible is hereby declared a nuisance." I'm not sure of the state's position on jar hives, but it could be viewed as cross comb or not removable frames. Check with your local inspectors before making a big investment. Others report that unless you use a starter strip or pre-wax the jars it's hard to get the bees to build comb.  I would not recommend a newbie go this way. Learn the traditional art of beekeeping before experimenting with non-traditional methods. 

If you have not taken a beekeeping class you may be lost in the sauce. Here's our available ONLINE COURSES:


These courses are available all year, from the comfort of your home. Watch these video courses from a certified master beekeeper, a source you can trust. 

I'm 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

Friday, June 15, 2018

Mite Control, Honey Production, Quality Queens & Winter

We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and Honeybeesonline.com. Today we want to share some important facts and management skills concerning mite control, honey production, quality queens and preparing your colony for winter. Of all these topics, one stands out the most to most beekeepers this time of year: Honey! However, until you learn to control mites your honey production will always suffer. And if the quality of your queen is not up to par, honey production will suffer. Of course, if you aren't thinking about winter preparation within the next 6 weeks, you will have no honey production next year if your hive does not survive the winter of 2018-2019.

Controlling varroa destructor determines the success and productivity of your
colonies. These mites spread viruses throughout the colony. Since bees feed mouth to mouth, viruses spread rapidly. Usually bees infected with a virus only live half of their life. This means in the summer, a bee will die from a virus at about day 23, almost old enough to start foraging. In the winter, it means they will die in March. Watch my video on How To Test For Mites. It's easy!

Controlling mites is challenging. The higher the mite count, the higher the risk is for your colony to fail during the winter from viruses which are spread by varroa mites. Read More

Honey Production
Queen excluders are a great way to keep the queen out of honey supers but can often discourage the colony from placing honey in the supers as well. This year has been a great year for bees to pack in the honey for most beekeepers. But occasionally there are issues and beekeepers struggle with getting the top super started. What can slow down or prevent bees from storing honey for you? Read more...

David's Newest YouTube Video Over 3 Million Channel Views!

Can You Trust Your Queen?
Queens fail and at the worst times too, right? You had a great queen last month but now things aren't looking too good. Everything rides on the success and productivity of an outstanding queen. I'm excited about offering our queens for sale again this year, 2018. We've sold a bunch. As you know I am very particular about providing quality queens. I've put together my "QUEEN DREAM TEAM" consisting of others that will be raising queens for 2018. Myself and two other highly respected and experienced beekeepers are working hard raising queens that are for sale now.

The queens that we sell are not a specific "race" but rather queens that have been raised from selected northern colonies that have made us proud. Our queens are raised here in Illinois. As producers we are in compliance with the Illinois Department of Agricultural's rules and regulation regarding raising queens. All hives from which we are raising queens have passed inspection for 2018 from the Illinois Department of Agricultural Apiary Inspection Program. Click here to order your queen now!


Don't Wait Until It's Too Late To Prepare For Winter

I get it! It's 90 degrees outside. You're focus is on honey production or building up your colony. However, you need to be doing things now to make sure your colony will make it through the winter. Winter prep is not something you can quickly do in September. Winter preparation needs to be on your mind now. Get a head of trouble before it happens so your bees can enter into late summer and fall healthy and ready for a cold winter.




I'm very excited to finally offer this course online, from the comfort of your home. And by signing up now, you will be equipped to take the necessary action NOW to prepare for winter! No traveling, no hot, outdoor class to attend. Take this course through my online video course from the comfort of your home at your pace, whenever you want. Sign up today.

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 receive tips and regular 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. 
 

A Day In The Apiary With David

Everyone loves this class. 2 hours playing in the hives with EAS certified master beekeeper, David Burns. The next one will be  Saturday June 30, 8:30-11am. This is your opportunity to stick your head in hives with David and ask all the questions you want. We have 2 spots still open. Sign up now. This class is offered here at our honey bee farm outside of Catlin, Illinois. Bring your protective gear, food and water.

Sincerely,

David and Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
Wed-Saturday 10am-2pm
217-427-2678
www.honeybeesonline.com





Monday, May 21, 2018

Queens Available

Queens For Sale!!  We now have queens available for sale online. Click here to order your queen today. These queens will ship around May 29th.

My "QUEEN DREAM TEAM" is back to work raising queens for 2018. Myself and two other highly respected and experienced beekeepers are working hard raising queens that are for sale now. Or call in during business hours 217-427-2678. The queens that we sell are not a specific "race" but rather queens that have been raised from selected northern colonies that we are proud of. Our queens are raised here in Illinois.
ORDER HERE

How To Raise Your Own Queens Class This Saturday At Our Training Center
We had a cancellation for our queen rearing class this Saturday. First one to sign up secures a spot. Click Here to sign up now.
Our queen rearing course is from  9am-3pm at our Training Center here at Long Lane Honey Bee Farms in central Illinois. Every beekeeper can benefit greatly from learning to raise their own queens. With constant struggles with queenlessness and queens disappearing it's time to take the next step and learn to raise your own! It will be worth the investment. Join EAS certified master beekeeper and queen rearer David Burns for the whole day as he teaches you how to raise queens. Hurry, one spot is open due to a cancellation. We keep the numbers very small for more one-on-one help as needed. Registration required.  No walk-ins.

Please register with a valid email address so we can send your further information on what to bring that day.  Also please bring your protective gear, as weather permitting you may be in the bee yard for a portion of the class.  Also, bring your sack lunch, and water bottles to stay dehydrated. Minimum class size required. 
 
Click Here to sign up now.

Beekeeping Methods Can Be Confusing
BeeTeam6 is David's beekeeping coaching program. David coaches beekeepers around the country, helping them with their challenges, questions and concerns. Members can call David's personal cell phone, send an email with pictures or text David questions. David only accepts 200 members. This number fluctuates throughout the season. David is accepting 2 more positions. If you are interested and you think this will really help you, consider signing up today. Once you sign up, David sends out specific video teachings and beekeeping tips several times per month. Even if you don't need to contact David, the videos and tips make it worth being part of BeeTeam6. There's just too many opinions and approaches in beekeeping to figure it all out. Wouldn't it be nice to have an EAS Certified Master beekeeper on the other end of the phone to walk you through your new endeavor.


Join David In A Hive
Have you been flying by the seat of your pants when it comes to beekeeping? Do you know just enough to be dangerous? Compliment your beekeeping knowledge by joining David in a hive. He'll walk you through several hive inspections and show manipulating frames and colonies. He'll help you identify what's going on and why. This event is offered at our training center here in central Illinois. This is a fun 2 and a half hours. He's offering 3 different dates to choose from:

June 9, 8:30-11am
SIGN UP HERE

June 30th, 8:30-11am SIGN UP HERE

July 7th, 8:30-11am SIGN UP HERE

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Windy Conditions Are Hard On Bees

We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and Honeybeesonline.com. Last weekend we just finished up our package bee pickup extravaganza! Beekeepers from all over enjoyed a beautiful day and picked up hives, supplies and bees. Sheri and I have worked hard to have the best support staff onsite to help us and they did a great job! I noticed that many beekeepers arriving to pick up their bees were new beginners just starting out. They were very excited about their new beekeeping endeavor.

A new beekeeping endeavor cannot be fully enjoyed or embraced without a basic knowledge in beekeeping skills. If you have not taken a Basic Beekeeping Class with me, please consider taking my Basic Beginners Online Course. Even if you have already started beekeeping this spring, this course can be of great benefit. Plus, it comes with 1 month of free coaching from me. You can email me your concerns and questions. Don't suffer through not knowing what to do or whose answer to trust. Sign up now!

   "Dear David, Thank you so much for this Beginner's Beekeeping course. It truly hits its mark for me. I've been beekeeping by the seat of my pants and a lot of luck for 4 or 5 years now. This information really has filled in the gaps for me and I'm excited that I will be learning much more to come. Your design of the course is a perfect mix of audio and visual to easily get across the learning points. And I really appreciate your Midwest humor! We need it here in Vermont! " -Bob

Many beekeepers contact me daily telling me of the mistakes they made in making their splits. It's easy to mess things up. It's sad to see a colony make it through the winter, only to be weakened by a lack of knowledge in making splits correctly. My Spring Management ONLINE Course goes into specific details on the proper way to make splits and how to overcome some of the pitfalls. Sign up now and take this online course from the comfort of your home. This course comes with 1 month of free coaching from me. Sign up now!

HONEY CLASS MAY 12th  1:00-3:00 PM 
Heartland Community College- Normal, Illinois
Delve into the details of this favorite all-natural sweetener as taught by Sheri Burns, co-owner of Long Lane Honey Bee farms and Bricey Byrket, a Vermilion County beekeeper. You will learn all about the process, how busy bees use nectar and the environmental need for our pollinators. Find out how beekeepers harvest and bottle honey, how to cook and bake with honey, and the medicinal uses of honey. Join us and experience a taste of lemonade, fresh cookies, and fruit dip all made with honey. Discover honey's sweetness as well as its nutritional benefits and take home a jar of your own locally-grown, organic honey. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Spring Wind And Rain Can Be Hard On Colonies 
Spring is that beautiful time of the year when plants and trees are in full bloom providing much needed pollen and nectar for honey bees. However, two enemies of the honey bee takes its toll in the spring...rain and wind. This week it has been so windy here in Illinois and it will continue for several more days. When it rains or is windy, bees cannot fly. Generally a 20 mph wind will keep bees from leaving their hive. Spring brings a change in weather patterns and more storms which causes more windy and rainy conditions. 
You may be happy that it is warm and everything is blooming, but if it is windy or rainy your bees are not able to fly and gather food. Feeding is vital during these unpredictable days of spring. 
A wind break may not be helpful. Even if the bees left their colony on a windy day, their trip would be counter productive due to the energy it would take to fly back home. Be patient and keep feeding your bees from the top with our Burns Bees Feeding System, especially on splits or new packages.


Some Of You Are Getting Started Brand New!! Watch My Videos Below:





Beekeeping Methods Can Be Confusing
BeeTeam6 is David's beekeeping coaching program. David coaches beekeepers around the country, helping them with their challenges, questions and concerns. Members can call David's personal cell phone, send an email with pictures or text David questions. David only accepts 200 members. This number fluctuates throughout the season. David is accepting 8 more positions. If you are interested and you think this will really help you, consider signing up today. Once you sign up, David sends out specific video teachings and beekeeping tips several times per month. Even if you don't need to contact David, the videos and tips make it worth being part of BeeTeam6. There's just too many opinions and approaches in beekeeping to figure it all out. Wouldn't it be nice to have an EAS Certified Master beekeeper on the other end of the phone to walk you through your new endeavor.


Making Spring Splits
Join Me In The Hive. Let's Get To Work! 


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A Day In The Apiary With David
Have you been flying by the seat of your pants when it comes to beekeeping? Do you know just enough to be dangerous? Compliment your beekeeping knowledge by joining David in a hive. He'll walk you through several hive inspections and show manipulating frames and colonies. He'll help you identify what's going on and why. This event is offered at our training center here in central Illinois. This is a fun 2 and a half hours. He's offering 3 different dates to choose from:

June 9, 8:30-11am
SIGN UP HERE

June 30th, 8:30-11am SIGN UP HERE

July 7th, 8:30-11am SIGN UP HERE

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
www.honeybeesonline.com




Thursday, April 5, 2018

Join David In A Hive

We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and Honeybeesonline.com. Spring has sprung! It's great seeing the bees flying out and foraging so early here in Illinois.

Many of you will need to make spring splits or else your colony is likely to swarm. Be sure and watch our videos below on making splits. If you are unsure of what you should do, be sure and sign up for our ONLINE SPRING MANAGEMENT COURSE by clicking here. You can take this course from your home, on your schedule. Take the course anytime! You'll receive a certificate upon completion. The course is made up of videos from certified master beekeeper, David Burns. David will walk you through how to make splits, when you SHOULD NOT reverse your bottom deep boxes, swarm control, how to keep your huge hive as one hive for more honey production, and more. Sign up now.


Some Of You Are Getting Started Brand New!! Watch My Videos Below:

Newest Video:
Old Paradigm of Beekeeping vs. New Paradigm





Your Hive Made It Through Winter, But Is Your Queen Good?
Now that your hive made it through winter the question is do you have a good queen? What if she died in the winter but you still have bees? Are you tired of buying new queens? Are you frustrated waiting on a queen to be shipped to you? Not to mention you don't know the traits of the queen you are getting. Will she lay well? Will her offspring make lots of honey?

The old paradigm was to just buy another queen. Now, the new paradigm is to raise your own queens. Wait! You can do it. Now you can take David's ONLINE QUEEN REARING COURSE from the convenience of your home, on your schedule, at your pace. Pause the videos and come back to them when you are ready.

Let this year be the year you discover the enjoyment of raising your own queens. One queen shipped to your door is $78. Take our online course for $59 and raise all the queens you need, for less than the price of one shipped queen. Maybe you could start your own queen business for extra income. This class is an essential investment for beekeepers!


Take All The Class You Want, But There's Nothing Like Going Through A Hive With A Certified Master Beekeeper
You've been to conferences. You've watched plenty of powerpoint presentations. You've listened to dry scientists recite their findings. But you aren't getting better at beekeeping. You need to be guided along an inspection with a certified master beekeeper. Join David in a hive. Let him walk you through what to look for, and enjoy David identifying various discoveries in the hive. Here's a list of days you can sign up and come to A Day In The Apiary With David. Choose your date below:



Do You Need A Hive For That Potential Swarm?
Hive

If you have bees, they may swarm. Have a hive ready to put them in. Fully painted, fully assembled, Amish built here in Illinois. American made! Order now.

2 Hives Are Better Than One

Starting with two hives has so many advantages. 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. Check out our Freedom Kit

Don't Waste Your Time Chasing After Ineffective Feeders
The old paradigm of beekeeping used entrance feeders which work well UNTIL it turns cold in the spring and bees cluster. With our Feeding System, the sugar and protein is placed above the cluster so they can consume the much needed spring food on cold spring days without breaking cluster.










Our Last Basic Beginners Class for 2018 Is Friday, April 13th
Come join EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, David Burns on Friday April 13th for his last basic class for the 2018 season. David will guide you through all the various opinions and wives tales and help you choose proven methods to be a successful beekeeper. Come and learn the new paradigm to beekeeping from David. There are still a few spots open! 8am -1pm, Friday April 13th Click here to sign up now for this onsite class at our Training Center. 

If you cannot make it to this class and you missed all the other basic classes we offer, take our Online Basic Beekeeping Course by clicking here.  Even if you've been keeping bees for awhile, you still need to get the fundamentals under your belt. 

I'll Show You How To Feed Dry Protein To Your Bees 


I've just produced a video showing many things such as a waggle dance, finding the queen, but I want you to observe how I feed my bees protein through pollen substitute powder in the open. Please subscribe to my beekeeping YouTube channel. I've been on YouTube producing Beekeeping videos since 2008! At the bottom right of each video you can subscribe. We now have over 12,000 subscribers with over 2.9 Million Views!!  

What Will You Do When Your Bees Don't Read The Same Books You Do?
There are so many books on beekeeping but bees do not always go by the book. Clubs are full of opinionated people but can you trust them? 

Let's face it, 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 receive a weekly tip and a weekly 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.  SIGN UP TODAY!



I'm 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