Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Pros & Cons of Beekeeping

Before I talk about the pros and cons of beekeeping let me announce that we are extending our online course sale of %50 off. I normally do not send these emails out this close, but so many people took advantage of our Online Courses at 50% on Presidents Day and yet so many people contacted us the next day because they missed this sale. It was over before they read their email. Therefore, we decided to extend this sale through Friday at Midnight. Courses are listed below in this newsletter.

Recently, someone asked me the Pros and Cons of beekeeping. I thought that would be a great idea to answer this question. I'll start with the Pros. What are the positives of beekeeping?

1. Enjoyable Hobby. Being outside in the fresh air with nature and learning and exploring beekeeping is very good for our mental health. It keeps us active and thinking.

2. Expanding additional pollinators from our hive in our community helps everyone. Our bees will help pollinate our neighbor's flowers and garden up to 3 miles away.

3. Enjoying the wonderful taste of honey that came directly from your hives is very satisfying. Knowing that we are eating our very own honey that our bees made is so cool.

4. By keeping bees you are ensuring that honey bees continue on, and will be present for years to come. No one wants to see bees vanish. Beekeepers help keep bees strong and alive.

5. Meeting other beekeepers and making friends. Bee clubs, meetings and talking with a fellow beekeeper nurtures a social element that is important.

What Are The Cons, The Challenges?

1. Initial startup cost can seem a bit much to some. The hive, equipment and bees can total over $300-$400 the first year.

2. Keeping the hive healthy requires following an inspection regiment and a knowledge and understanding that can take years to master.

3. Quitting is easy. Some new beekeepers may lose their bees after their first year or two and throw in the towel rather than learning from mistakes and trying again.

4. Feeling all alone, not sure of your abilities and no one to help answer questions. Sometimes we are embarrassed to ask for help and we do not want to share our lack of knowledge and need for help.

Sheri Was Nominated "Remarkable Woman."

Recently, a local T.V. station ran a contest of remarkable women in the area and Sheri was chosen and they did a piece on her work with bees. Watch this 4 minute video clip below featuring Sheri, our family and Long Lane Honey Bee Farms:


Sheri and I answer beekeeping questions through emails and our business phones all day. Sheri answers most of the questions. Her knowledge and beekeeping skills are amazing. Sheri and I enjoy speaking together at conference and clubs, so if you are look for speakers, bring us in. Sheri's business degree helps her focuses on the beekeeping business side of things, and many times beekeepers are weak in this area. Sheri is able to share her beekeeping business plan, marketing techniques and social media strategies. Call our office to schedule us in your area. 217-427-2678.

DISCOUNT CONTINUED THROUGH FRIDAY MIDNIGHT
Ultimate Beekeeping Course 50% Off
Includes: Basic Beekeeping Course, Spring Management Course, Getting Your Bees Through The Winter Course, Advance Beekeeping Course & How To Start Raising Your Own Queens Course.
Regularly $269 Now $134.50 until Midnight
* * * * Click here to order now! * * * *

Other Courses 50% Off:
Click On The Course To Order







Join David For His Next Two Courses At His Training Center:

Basic Beekeeping March 7th 1pm-6pm, only a few spots open. Register Today!

Spring Management April 4th 1pm-5pm

TOTAL AND BEST COMPLETE PACKAGE
A Hive + Bees + Equipment + Fee Class

Look no further!! We will ship the hives and equipment now, then you come to pick up bees 4/25/20 (date can change so flexibility is required)

This is a new product, a Total Package!! Everything you need to get started in beekeeping today. Package includes:

1 Newbee Start Up Beehive (1 deep with 10 frames and foundation.

1 honey super with 10 frames and foundations.

1 premier inner cover

1 telescoping top cover

1 screen bottom board with entrance reducer) *Made In America by Illinois craftsmen *Top of the line quality * Completely Assembled * Painted and sealed twice *Ready to go right out of the box
             1 - 3 lb package of bees with queen (must be picked up ONLY on 4/25/20 at our Training Center in Fairmount IL. You will receive more info on bees.) AND A FREE CLASS!
            Order now and you will receive our Beginners Online Course, taught by EAS Certified Master Beekeeper David Burns (no substitutions, sorry). You can watch anytime and as often as you want. Provide valid email and check for video email. PLUS
             1 Smoker
             1 Hat with Veil
             1 entrance feeder with holed cap
             1 hive tool
             Priceless: All year customer service


Mystery Photo Contest

We've posted a mystery photo and we would like to present a challenge to see who can identify it correctly and provide the most detail in the cause, effects on bees and correction and or if it could have been prevented and how. The winner will receive a special love care kit from David and Sheri featuring a new hive tool, two feeding additive packages, a Burns Bees Feeding System and a FREE copy of David & Sheri's new beekeeping book when it is released late this summer.

Here's how it works:
1. Visit our link provided below and study the picture.
2. Once you think you are sure of your answer, send your answer to longlanehoneybees@gmail.com The winner will be selected based on the most complete and thorough answer. So do not just say what it is, give possible causes, effect if any on bees, corrective action and if and how it could have been prevented.

3. Here's the link: www.honeybeesonline.com The picture is posted on our front page just scroll down.

Good Luck!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Happy President's Day - 50% Off Online Courses

Until Midnight Tonight, Save 50% off all Online Beekeeping Courses

We are David and Sheri Burns at Long Lane Honey Bee Farms, (www.honeybeesonline.com) located in Fairmount, Illinois. For today only we are offering an unbelievable savings of 50% off on our Online Courses. Take advantage of this saving as our way of helping you to become well educated and knowledgeable before you begin enjoying your bees soon.

Ultimate Beekeeping Course 50% Off
Includes: Basic Beekeeping Course, Spring Management Course, Getting Your Bees Through The Winter Course, Advance Beekeeping Course & How To Start Raising Your Own Queens Course.
Regularly $269 Now $134.50 until Midnight
* * * * Click here to order now! * * * *

Other Courses 50% Off:
Click On The Course To Order








If you've ever called our office you've more than likely talked to Sheri. Sheri is being featured on WCIA, a local channel, this Tuesday for her amazing accomplishments in her life. Sheri has spend most of her life enjoying raising our six children and now enjoying our 11 grandchildren. Before becoming a beekeeper and owning a beekeeping company Sheri worked as an educator. Sheri and I have been working this winter on our new beekeeping book that we are co-authoring together. We are so fortunate to have her overseeing our business. She adds so much and more recently she took it upon herself to develop new products for our customers. I encourage you to lend some support to Sheri's new items shown below and try them out:

All of us as beekeepers love to display our enjoyment with our hobby. Why not enjoy a warm drink in the winter with this beautiful tea or coffee cup showing bees at work. It's embossed with bees and honeycomb and adds rustic charm. Makes a nice gift for yourself or someone else. Order Now

Every cook needs a good wooden spoon but do you have one with displaying a bee and comb? Use it to whip up a batch of your favorite honey recipes. Wonderful gift. Includes shipping. Order Now

Beeswax Wraps for you do-it-yourselfers! Beeswax wraps are a good, recyclable product in place of plastic. It molds to containers or food by the warmth of your hands. Use it on jars, containers, or food (except meat and processed foods.) Can last one year.
Included are the instructions, waxing bars (beeswax, jojoba oil, pine resin), stirring stick, 3 squares of 100% cotton fabric of various colors and styles (or use your own favorite!). You supply the oven, baking sheets and brush. Fun project for do-it-yourselfers to preserve your food. Washing and care instructions also included.

One of my favorite tasting honey is spun honey. Sheri has her unique way to bring an awesome smoothness to this spun honey from our hives here at Long Lane Honey Bee Farms. Great in coffee, on toast or just when you want to sneak a teaspoon for an energy boost. Order Now







Beeswax wraps. Ingredients include beeswax, organic cotton, jojoba oil and tree resin. Use to wrap food and bowls (not recommended for meat). Seal by using the heat of your hands. Sustainable, reusable, washable (don't use it in the dishwasher, microwave or oven! Order Now





Join David For His Next Two Courses At His Training Center:

Basic Beekeeping March 7th 1pm-6pm, only a few spots open. Register Today!

Spring Management April 4th 1pm-5pm


TOTAL AND BEST COMPLETE PACKAGE
A Hive + Bees + Equipment + Fee Class

Look no further!! We will ship the hives and equipment now, then you come to pick up bees 4/25/20 (date can change so flexibility is required)

This is a new product, a Total Package!! Everything you need to get started in beekeeping today. Package includes:

1 Newbee Start Up Beehive (1 deep with 10 frames and foundation.

1 honey super with 10 frames and foundations.

1 premier inner cover

1 telescoping top cover

1 screen bottom board with entrance reducer) *Made In America by Illinois craftsmen *Top of the line quality * Completely Assembled * Painted and sealed twice *Ready to go right out of the box
             1 - 3 lb package of bees with queen (must be picked up ONLY on 4/25/20 at our Training Center in Fairmount IL. You will receive more info on bees.) AND A FREE CLASS!
            Order now and you will receive our Beginners Online Course, taught by EAS Certified Master Beekeeper David Burns (no substitutions, sorry). You can watch anytime and as often as you want. Provide valid email and check for video email. PLUS
             1 Smoker
             1 Hat with Veil
             1 entrance feeder with holed cap
             1 hive tool
             Priceless: All year customer service



Here's our newest hive kit with package of bees! (BEES ARE PICK UP AT OUR CENTER IN FAIRMOUNT IL) One deep hive with 10 frames and foundation, 1 med super with 10 frames and foundations, premium inner cover, metal covered top cover, one entrance reducer, and FREE ENTRANCE FEEDER (although we think you'll want to switch to the 3 Season Burns Bees feeding system). Foundation colors vary.Great for the beginner to add more boxes to, or as a gift for the hobbyist in your life who wants to get started in beekeeping. Click Here To Order Now!


Nucs & Packages
We still have several packages available when purchased with our hive kits such as the one above. However, we are sold out of just single individual packages. We do have a few 5 frame Nucs available. Click here for more info on our locally raised 5 frame Nucs.


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Oh No! Winter Is Returning - Batten Down The Hatches

We are David and Sheri Burns at Long Lane Honey Bee Farms

Batten Down The Hatches is a nautical term referring to preparing a ship for rough waters. Here in Illinois we've had a mild winter, but in just a day or two, 5" of snow is predicted and below zero chill factors at night. Many struggling colonies will not make it through this cold snap. Will it be your hives that perish? We had placed liquid feed on a few hives, but now we are taking them off and placing the Winter-Bee-Kinds back on. Wrap any questionable hives, if they are small or in a very windy spot.

Remove any liquid feeders and go back to winter-bee-kinds if this cold weather will be in your area. This raises an interesting thought. Why are bees dying?

Why Are Bees Dying?

A firm foundation in how to manage honey bees will greatly increase your colony's chances of survival. Below, I'll give several mistakes beekeepers make and I'll provide solutions and suggestions how you can have a more successful year.

The Bee Informed Partnership publishes their national survey results showing the percentage of colonies that die each year. From April 2018-April 2019 40.7 percent of colonies in the US died.

It's not just in the winter. During the summer 2018 season (1 April 2018 – 1 October 2018), an estimated 20.5% of colonies were lost. This is alarming, that out of 100 beekeepers, 20 will lose their hives between April and October before winter arrives.

Why?

Most beekeepers admit they make a mistake. They readily admit they fail to monitor their queen's laying pattern, or they fail to monitor and control varroa destructor. Many tell me they never learned how to identify eggs or find their queen. Some blame farm spray or a bad winter.

It's easier to blame chemical sprayers or the weather, rather than truly dive in and learn the management skills of keeping a colony alive and well throughout the year. Let's face it, our colonies need the best we can offer to keep them strong, healthy and alive.

Beekeepers losing nearly 50% of their colonies is unacceptable. It is my opinion that IF beekeepers were better educated and understood beekeeping more thoroughly, the number of colony losses could be greatly reduced.

Beekeeping should be fun, enjoyable and rewarding. However, many new beekeepers jump into beekeeping believing it is easy and requires very little effort on their part. As an EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, I speak with beekeepers throughout the country on a weekly bases. These conversations have led me to believe that most beekeepers could have much better success if they were more informed. This is actually good news, because this can be easily resolved. Beekeepers or prospective beekeepers should commit to taking a serious beekeeping course. By serious, I mean, not a YouTube video or a 1 hour presentation on honey bees. You need a solid instructor who can guide you through the challenges awaiting you.

1. Mistake #1 No Mentor
A well trained and knowledgeable mentor can be a tremendous help to you. They should have several years of successful beekeeping under their belt. They also have to be willing to be available when you need them. This is not always the case. If you do not have a mentor, consider becoming a Member of BeeTeam6.

This month, I'm presenting my material known as, "Hive Insight Is 20/20", providing you with videos and articles on how to get past your beekeeping limitations and advance into truly understanding how to best manage and succeed in beekeeping in 20/20.

For less than $5 a week, you will receive information, videos and access to me personally at any time. You can email, text or call me when you are unsure about your bees.

We have several openings and now would be a great time to join heading into spring and going through my material, "Hive Insight Is 20/20".


2. Mistake #2 Not Feeding Your Bees.
Keep Your Bees Healthy With The BURNS BEES FEEDING SYSTEM

No matter how well your bees come out of winter you MUST feed your bees to ensure a healthy start to 2020. Start feeding early as soon as bees start flying regularly. We invented and designed our feeder and they sell out every year. Order your feeder early. It is a great way to feed new packages, nucs or overwintered hives coming out of winter. Click here for more info: Burns Bees Feeding System. 

What Our Video Below On This Feeding System For Spring And Fall Feeding


3. Mistake #3 Lack of Knowledge & Education
Keep Your Bees Healthy By Reducing Mistakes, Blunders, Errors, Oversights and Slipups By Taking One Of Our Courses

Spring is only 37 days away. There is still time for you to get caught up on what you need to know. Your bees deserve the best you can offer.

Without a proper education in beekeeping, you may not be equipped to test and control mites every 30 days. You may not understand the best treatments for mites. By taking a course, you learn how to find the queen, how to evaluate her performance and what to do if she is failing. You learn how to identify a hungry hive and when and how to feed your bees correctly. You'll learn the power of reading a hive, knowing and accessing it with every inspection and what actions to take to put it back on the correct course.

If you want to take a face to face course in our training center located 40 miles East of Champaign, Illinois we have 3 spots open in our March 7th Beginners Course. This is on a Saturday from 1pm-6pm central time. Click Here To Grab The Last Few Seats! This course is taught by EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, David Burns.

What if your bees survive winter but you make mistakes in the spring? Do you know how to make splits and when? Can you prevent a swarm? Should you feed in the spring and how and what mixture? Take our Spring Management Course


Do You Live Too Far Away For An Onsite Course?
Take The Same Classes Online
From The Comfort Of Your Home
On Your Own Schedule - Save On Travel

EAS Certified Master Beekeeper highly recommends you take his Ultimate Beekeeping Course. This is all of his ONLINE BEEKEEPING COURSES COMBINED 

These are video 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

Enjoy from your smartphone, Internet TV, Computer, or Tablet. Once you purchase this course, it is yours to enjoy forever at your own pace, in private, from the comfort of your home.

"Hi, I'm EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, David Burns. Join me in this online course and Receive the training and knowledge you need to increase your chances of keeping your bees alive. Once completed, I will personally send you a certificate of completion of your studies, suitable for framing."


Nucs & Packages
We still have several packages available when purchased with our hive kits such as the one above. However, we are sold out of just single individual packages. We do have a few 5 frame Nucs available. Click here for more info on our locally raised 5 frame Nucs.

Here's our newest hive kit with package of bees! (BEES ARE PICK UP AT OUR CENTER IN FAIRMOUNT IL) One deep hive with 10 frames and foundation, 1 med super with 10 frames and foundations, premium inner cover, metal covered top cover, one entrance reducer, and FREE ENTRANCE FEEDER (although we think you'll want to switch to the 3 Season Burns Bees feeding system). Foundation colors vary.Great for the beginner to add more boxes to, or as a gift for the hobbyist in your life who wants to get started in beekeeping. Click Here To Order Now!

Friday, January 24, 2020

46 Videos To Answer Your Questions That WILL Come Up In 2020

In the spring of 2016 I started a mentorship beekeeping coaching program, inviting 200 people. It filled up so quickly. Starting Feb. 1, 2020 I'll be presenting my material known as, "Hive Insight Is 2020", providing you with how to get past your beekeeping limitations and advance into truly understanding how to best manage and succeed in beekeeping in 2020.

For less than $5 a week, beekeeper receive information, videos and access to me personally at any time. 

We have several openings and now would be a great time to join heading into spring and going through my material, "Hive Insight Is 2020".

3 Spots Are Now Open.

How About 46 Beekeeping Videos For 2020!
Help At Your Finger Tips

1st Year Of Videos From BeeTeam6

This resource is a very unique opportunity for you to have at your finger tips as issues come up in 2020. The first years’ worth of BeeTeam6 videos, a library of 46 short and informative beekeeping videos by EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, David Burns. Here are the descriptions of all 46 Videos, questions you are going to need answers to:

-How To Control Mites. David explains several methods to help reduce varroa mites such as the use of a green drone comb, screen bottom board, powdered sugar dusting and breaking the queens brood cycle.

-Finding and Marking Your Queen. Being able to find your queen can be challenging. In this video David will give several tips on how to find your queen and how to place a mark on her so she is easier to spot.

-When a Hive Is Louder Than Normal, Are They Swarming? What does it mean when a colony is flying around the hive like crazy? Many times the bees are simple taking a play flight. See what a play flight looks like.

-How To Remove Queen Cells & Move Them To A Queenless Hive. Queen cells can form if the colony is preparing to swarm or if they need a new queen. In this video you’ll learn how to cut a queen cell out safely to use it in a different hive.

-When To Add The Next Hive Box. Timing is everything in beekeeping and knowing when to add the next box can keep your bees growing rapidly without swarming.

-Lighting a Smoker & Keeping It Going. Your smoker will become your best friend in the bee yard. A good running smoker will help you keep your bees calms while you inspect your hives.

-When To Add The Honey Super. Queen Excluder or Not? David will show you how to add a honey super to a strong colony. Is it better to “top super” or “bottom super”? Queen excluder or not?

-Bugs and Other Creepy Things Around Your Hive. Wasps, ants, roaches, earwigs, spiders and moths can be around the hive. Is this a concern?

-Beekeeping and Farm Spray. Many beekeepers are surrounded by farm fields that are often sprayed with chemicals. Should you be concerned? Learn in this video what to do if farmers are spraying near your bees.

-How To Keep Your Colony Cool On Very Hot Days. When it tops 100 degrees (f), colonies work hard to stay cool to protect the brood from becoming too hot. In this video, David will show you how to help Keep your bees cool on hot days.

-How To Keep Your Grass Trimmed Around Your Hives. Keeping your grass mowed around your hives. Do bees like mowers? No! The noise of equipment can upset your bees. Learn how to do it.

-Your Bees Will Do The Weird Wash boarding Thing. What Does It Look Like? You need to know what this looks like when bees are doing the wash boarding thing.

-Beekeeping Means Knowing When To Harvest The Honey? How To Be Sure It’s Ready. If you harvest your honey too early, it will ferment in your jars and turn to vinegar. How can you be sure it is ready to harvest?

-How To Remove The Bees From Your Supers To Harvest The Honey. Getting bees out of the super that are ready to harvest can be tricky. Learn the most common methods: Brushing bees, bee escape in an inner cover and using a fume board.

-How To Harvest Honey. Learn how to cut the cappings from honey super frames, place them in the extractor and how to strain your honey.

-How To Install A Package Of Bees. For new beekeepers you need to know the right way to install your new bees.

-How To Correctly Remove A Stinger. There is a right way and a wrong way to remove a stinger. The right way will greatly reduce your reaction. Do it right.

-How To Test For Varroa Mites. Many test for mites using what’s called an alcohol roll, but this kills over 300 bees. An alternative that doesn’t kill bees is a powdered sugar roll. David will show you how to roll your bees in a jar of powdered sugar to test for mites.

-What To Do When Your Hive Isn’t Doing Well. Learn how to handle a hive that just isn’t getting off to a good start.

-How to Use Mite-Away-Quick Strips (Formic Acid) To Control Mites. In this video David will demonstrate how to use MAQ strips to control mites.

-What To Do With Honey Supers After You Harvest The Honey. Wet supers can cause many problems if they are not handled correctly. Learn what to do with your “wet” supers.

-It Is So Critical To Feed Your Bees In The Fall Without Causing Robbing. Colonies rob other colonies in the fall when there is a lack of nectar. Learn how to feed your bees in the fall without causing robbing.

-How To Get Fall Bees Ready For Winter. Leave Screen Bottom Board Open? Wrap? Mouse Guards? Here’s how to close off your bottom board and how to add insulation to your hive as well as mouse guards.

-How to Guard Against Robbing. Let’s examine how to use a robber screen.

-How To Make A Large Communal Feeding Station In The Fall. David demonstrates several goodies to add to fall sugar water to strengthen Bees by feeding out in the opening. This can help prevent robbing in the fall.

-Different Nectar Makes Honey Look and Taste Differently. David’s wife, Sheri, will talk about different types of honey.

-How To Requeen A Colony Late In The Year. It’s important to go into the winter with a new queen. Requeening your hive is best accomplished between July-August.

-Learning How To Read Your Bees. Knowing how to read your bees and understand brood in the frame is so Important.

-Combining Technology With The Hive. Brood minder has several sensors to help you monitor your hive from your cell phone.

-How to Check On Hives In The Winter. Monitoring your hives in the winter is limited, but there are still several things that must be accomplished.

-Join David in The Hive To Learn How To Handle Bees During An Inspection. Join David in the hive and learn the handling techniques of inspecting a hive.

-All Hives Have Mites. Learn The Importance Of Understanding Mites. In this video, David motivates you to take mites seriously.

-How To Mark Your Queen. Learn how to mark your queens.

-Take the Next Step In Beekeeping. Stay Motivated & Don’t Give Up. We will all lose a hive eventually. It’s important to stay motivated and continue on.

-What to Do When A Colony Dies. How To Clean It Up. When a hive dies, it’s important to clean it all up.

-How To Change Feeders In Late Winter, Early Spring. How to change from a winter-bee-kind feeding system to a spring feeder.

-Learning To Evaluate Different Stages Of Bees Brood. Learn to read your brood, eggs, larvae and pupae to determine the health of your colony and your queen.

-What If You Need To Move Your Hive To A New Location? Sometimes you need to change the location of your hives. But you can lose your foragers because they will go back to their old location. Learn some ways to successfully move your hives.

-Learn How To Make Splits. Swarm prevention is best accomplished by making splits. Learn how to make spring splits.

-How To Feed Bees In The Spring. David will show you how to feed your bees in the spring.

-What Opening Should Be Used On Entrance Reducers Throughout The Year
There are several ways to use entrance reducers throughout the year. Learn several ways to take advantage of your reducers.

-Unwrapping An Overwintered Hive. Taking a look at an overwintered colony and what to do.

-Part 1: How To Make A Spring Split. David shows you how to make a split in the spring.

-Part 2: A Continuation of Making Spring Splits. David explains his teaching on spring splits.

-Inspecting And Evaluating a New Split. Learning How To Solve Issues. David will teach you what to do when you have a colony that is no longer building up well.

-How To Inspect Your Hive. You’ll see how to inspect your hive, how to pick up a queen and even observe a queen laying an egg. 


Here’s how it works. Once you purchase this resource, you will be sent an email which contains the titles and descriptions of each video and the links for you to watch in the comfort of your home. You will find the answers you are looking for faster. Remember, once you’ve made your purchase of this resource you can watch the videos as long and as often as you’d like.

BURNS BEES FEEDING SYSTEM

Our awesome feeding systems are already selling faster than we expected in preparation for spring. Last fall we could not keep up with orders and we expect the same to happen this spring. Order your feeder early. It is a great way to feed new packages or overwintered hives coming out of winter. Click here for more info: Burns Bees Feeding System. 

Our New 2020 New Beginners Feb 1 Class Is Full

Sign Up For Our Next One Saturday March 7th



Do You Have An Amazon Alexa or Echo Dot?
Every couple of days David places helpful beekeeping tips on the Amazon Alexa for you to listen to with your daily briefing.  The Amazon  Alexa/Echo was a phenomenal hit this past holiday season. If you were one of the millions of people that purchased one of these during the holiday season you can now listen to a daily  beekeeping tip from certified master  beekeeper David Burns . Just go to your Alexa skills and look for the Beekeeping skill image shown here and add it to your daily flash briefing


Here's our newest hive kit with package of bees! (BEES ARE PICK UP AT OUR CENTER IN FAIRMOUNT IL) One deep hive with 10 frames and foundation, 1 med super with 10 frames and foundations, premium inner cover, metal covered top cover, one entrance reducer, and FREE ENTRANCE FEEDER (although we think you'll want to switch to the 3 Season Burns Bees feeding system). Foundation colors vary.Great for the beginner to add more boxes to, or as a gift for the hobbyist in your life who wants to get started in beekeeping. Click Here To Order Now!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Hive Insight Is 2020 10 Tips For 2020

We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee
Farms and honeybeesonline.com

What will beekeeping be like in 2020? Many new approaches along with reiterating proven methods will help 2020 be one of the most successful years in beekeeping. 

Today I want to share my TOP 10 TIPS for beekeeping in 2020, what I call, "Hive Insight Is 2020".

1. Closely monitor your mite counts.
    - Test every 30 days.
    - Keep deligent test results and identify trends.
2. Feed your bees more aggressively and include protein.
3. Carefully monitor your queen to ensure an abundance of eggs.
4. Share resources between hives early in the year.
5. Gain additional education from a reliable source. 
6. Leave generous amounts of honey on the hive.
7. Demand excessive growth and build up in populations, especially in the fall to support bees of winter physiology. 
8. Keep diligent notes on each hive.
9. Feed heavily whenever there is not honey supers on.
10. Never throw in the towel.

Although bees can die in the winter from issues beyond our control and even after we did everything perfectly, most winter die offs can be traced back to preventable problems which reduced the overall health of the colony at some earlier point. 

Not everything is our fault. However, to move past a lack of success we do need to ask IF there is something we are doing wrong and IF something needs to be changed. 

Sometimes people bring me their dead hives and ask me to examine it and tell them why their bees died. But I don't need to look at the hive. I just need to ask them 5 basic questions:
1. Show me on paper how you charted your mite test counts through the year. 
2. What did you do to aggressively reduce mites and show me the data where this worked.
3. Did you inspect every two weeks for brood productivity and was it ever weak or failing? If so what did you do immediately to remedy the issue, such as replacing the queen?
4. Did you start feeding your bees 1:1 sugar water and protein immediately after the nectar flow slowed in late summer?
5. Did you provide continuous food via candy board with protein all winter?

No expert can look at a pile of dead bees and have any idea why they died. The underlying cause of a winter die off usually happened months ago and finally took its toll in the winter. By that time, unless exceptional notes were taken all year, the underlying cause is gone.

I'm going to step out on a limb and fall back on my decades of beekeeping experience and workings with thousands of beekeepers from across the country and give my top reason, in my opinion, why bees die in the winter.

Lack of education and skill sets to keep bees alive.

It doesn't matter if a beekeeper has 1,000 hives or has been doing it for 50 years. What matters is if a beekeeper really has the knowledge, education and skill sets needed to read a colony and to quickly identify issues as soon as they happen. As part of my Beekeeping Institute I would divide up the students in small groups and have 3 or 4 groups meticulously inspect the same colonies at different times and write up a full report. I would then have a spokesperson from each group give a report in front of the entire group on each hive. Never was a report the same. In fact, usually they were nowhere close. One would report no eggs spotted, while another group would say they spotted plenty of eggs from the same hive.

It is very difficult for a beekeeper to inspect their colony objectively with an open mind. New beekeepers, especially, will say things like, "I had lots of bees" or "I had lots of honey." Rarely will a beekeeper tell me that their fall larvae lacked adequate royal jelly in the base of cells, or that they had an abundance of nurse bees in the fall to support raising bees of winter physiology.  

We are inundated with beekeeping classes on every corner, but most are teaching basics, old paradigms expecting new results. This is 2020. It's time beekeepers enter into a new decade of beekeeping armed with an advance understanding of keeping bees alive by knowing how to read bees and how to immediately respond at the first sign of weakness or failure in a colony. 

Finally, so many people tell me that their mentor, who started them in beekeeping, really didn't know what they were doing. This is true of every hobby. There are people of various skill levels and sometimes the help and guidance is well intended, but lacking.

So consider by 10 Insights for 2020 above and step up your beekeeping game. 

Jon Zawislak and I will be speaking in St. Louis this Saturday, January 18th. Our presentations will be on: Nutrition through the Seasons, Controlling Pests and Diseases, Spring Management, Queen Rearing, Bee Genetics, and Swarm Biology. Sign up today as this conference is limited to 120 attendees. Click Here.

Gaining Hive Insight For 2020 Is A Must
Do Not Keep Settling For Less

BECOME A BETTER BEEKEEPER IN 2020

EAS Master Beekeepers David Burns & Jon Zawislak

(An Intermediate Course for Those With Experience in Beekeeping)

Three Rivers Beekeepers is offering an Intermediate Beekeeping Course on January 18th (8:30 am to 5:00 pm).  Come and advance your beekeeping skills learning tips and tricks from Master Beekeepers.
WHEN:   Saturday, January 18th (8:30 am to 5:00 pm)
WHERE:  University of Missouri Extension Center at 260 Brown Rd. in St. Peters, MO 63376
HOW:  Register Here
HOW MUCH: $50.00 per person (including Lunch)

Hive Sight Is 2020 Material - Starting February 1st
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In the spring of 2016 I started a mentorship beekeeping coaching program, inviting 200 people. It filled up so quickly. Starting Feb. 1, 2020 I'll be presenting my material known as, "Hive Insight Is 2020", providing you with how to get past your beekeeping limitations and advance into truly understanding how to best manage and succeed in beekeeping in 2020.

For less than $5 a week, beekeeper receive information, videos and access to me personally at any time. 

We have several openings and now would be a great time to join heading into spring and going through my material, "Hive Insight Is 2020".

12 Spots Are Now Open. Click here to Sign Up Now.

Are You Sure You Know What You Are Getting Into?
Sign up today and join EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, David Burns for a top notch beginners class. Our first Beginners class still has openings for February 1st. Presented at our training center located approximately 40 miles east of Champaign, Illinois. Click here today
 
If you prefer online courses taught by David from the comfort of your home, Check out our Online Beekeeping Academy. 

Our 5 Frame Nucs and Packages Are Available Now. Click here...

Newbee Kit


Here's our newest hive kit complete with package of bees. Available Now!

One deep hive body and a honey super with 10 frames and foundation, premium inner cover, metal covered top cover, one entrance reducer, and FREE ENTRANCE FEEDER (although we think you'll want to switch to the 3 Season Burns Bees feeding system). Great for the beginner to add more boxes to, or as a gift for the hobbyist in your life who wants to get started in beekeeping.
 
We suggest you add either our Equipment Kit Pack or to consider a smoker, hive tool, and protective gear. 
 
This kit comes with a 3 lb package of bees.  We can either ship your hive (not the bees) to you now, or you can arrange to pick it up for a discount, then come back in late April to pick up your package of bees.  Many of our customers sign up for a class and pick up all their needed items at the same time.

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