Thursday, February 18, 2021

Our Online Courses Are 50% For A Limited Time

 



Only 30 days until Spring! Hard to believe with the crazy winter weather that has paralyzed the US over the last week. My brother lives in the deep south and last night he lost power from an ice storm and a limb fell on his truck.

So many people are worried about their bees making it through this snow and ice and very cold temperatures. So many people want to know what they can do now to help their bees in the winter. There is really not much to do, maybe wrap the hive and certainly make sure there is a Winter-Bee-Kind as a food source on top. Otherwise, we just have to hope they will make it.

Those who have not taken a class and did not manage their colonies correctly during the summer and fall are likely the ones who will lose the most hives this winter. It is so important to take a beekeeping course so you can avoid common mishaps. I've produced a new video today encouraging new beginners to take a class to avoid these mishaps.

We've been struggling whether we could afford to offer 50% off our online courses again for 2021 as we did for a few months in 2020. But, we decided to show our desire to help beekeepers learn and also have a hobby to enjoy during the pandemic. Most club classes and college courses are still iffy due to COVID-19, so we are once again offering all online courses at 50% February 18 - April 18th. Take advantage of this offer now!

Save the travel expenses of hotels, gas and food. No juggling schedules. Study at your own pace, when you have time. Study in the safety and comfort of your home. You will receive download instructions on your receipt/invoice after purchase. Select your 50% OFF courses below:










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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

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Don't Let The Complexity Of Beekeeping Overwhelm You

 


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

Beekeeping does not have to be so overwhelming. Let's face it, after going through 2020 we've been overwhelmed enough. Beekeeping should be a relaxing hobby, something to get our mind off of all the crazy stuff that's happening around us. There are so many different opinions about which hive to start with, how to treat for mites, how to harvest honey, how to overwinter your hive and on and on it goes.

The saying goes, "Ask 9 beekeepers a question and you'll get 10 answers". Google and YouTube are filled with tons of content of beekeepers giving their take on it, making it even more confusing for the new beginner.

You can spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to figure beekeeping out. Certainly trying to learn all you can is a great idea but you can receive so much contrasting information which can cause you to go down the wrong path if you are not careful.

We've spent the last decade and a half helping new beginners get started in beekeeping. The simplest way is to start with a starter hive and a package of bees and you're off to the races. Do not expect to learn everything before you start. Just learn enough to start by taking our Online Basic Beekeeping Course. Here's a summary of how to start in Beekeeping in 2021 in 4 simple steps:

1. Take our Online Basic Beginner's Course....click here
2. Purchase our Starter Hive Kit...click here
3. Pick up your package of bees and mated queen at the end of April.
4. Sign up for our beekeeping mentorship/coaching program and enjoy having our EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, David Burns, at your finger tips when you are totally lost as to what to do next.

Our starter kit is a great way to get you going. Here's what's included, for those of you who love details:

Our Quarantine Hobby Hive takes all the stress out of getting started in beekeeping providing you with a completely assembled and painted starter hive, and a 3 pound package of bees with a mated queen (hives are shipped, you pick up bees in spring).


The hive is shipped soon after you place your order, but the bees must be picked up at our farm in central Illinois in late April. (see below for more info). This hive comes with: 1 bottom board, one deep hive body containing 10 wooden frames with foundation, beeswax coated, one inner cover, one telescoping top cover with metal covering (metal type varies) and a front entrance reducer. Foundations color varies.  You may need additional equipment. You can either choose individual items (we suggest a smoker, hat with veil and hive tool) and more deeps and supers as your hive expands in the summer. 

**This kit also comes with an autographed copy of The Book: Backyard Beekeeping, Everything You Need To Know to Start Your First Hive, by David & Sheri Burns**!!

Package Bee Information - Please read thoroughly before purchase. 
3 lb package of bees with mated queen. Italian. Limited Quantity. PICK UP AT OUR TRAINING CENTER IN FAIRMOUNT IL ONLY (we are 25 miles east of Champaign-Urbana, 2 and1/2 hours south of Chicago, 1 and 1/2 hours west of Indianapolis). We do not ship bees. Pick up tentatively 4/24/21
Winter-Bee-Kinds
Keep winter-bee-kinds on your hives until spring. Your bees are enjoying them. Don't stop feeding now. We still have a few available but we are almost sold out for the season until next winter.



NEW BEEKEEPING VIDEO

Watch our new beekeeping video below about how you can keep your bees strong during the last few weeks of winter.


Thursday, January 28, 2021

Are These Bees Dead Or Alive?

 


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


Beekeeping is a great hobby for the whole family or for just you. We need to continue to exercise our mind and expand our understanding of nature. Beekeeping allows the opportunity of exploring the awesome lives of bees. It's amazing to think that a tiny bug can survive a harsh winter without hibernating. How can they do this, after all they are cold blooded. All insects are cold blooded. As humans, we are not dependent upon our environment to heat us up. We are able to make and regulate our own body heat. A single bee cannot do this and will perish if left in the cold too long. In today's video, we'll talk about how a cold blooded bee can survive winter and we'll show what happens when bees go outside the hive when it's too cold and cannot make it back. Watch our newest video below and please subscribe.


Consider taking our Ultimate Beekeeping Course from the comfort and safety of your home at your own leisure. This Ultimate Course is taught by David Burns, Certified Master Beekeeper, Certified by the Eastern Apicultural Society of North America. This course contains 6 of our most enjoyed classes:

- BEGINNING BEEKEEPING
- SPRING: SURVIVAL, SUPERING, SWARMS & SPLITS
- ADVANCE BEEKEEPING
- QUEEN REARING FOR FUN OR PROFIT
- A DAY IN THE APIARY WITH DAVID
- WINTER: GETTING BEES THROUGH THE WINTER

You will receive all the video links to these courses along with a worksheet to complete while watching the videos. If you would like an autographed copy of your certificate of completion, simply mail back your completed worksheets and after grading your sheets we will mail you back a beautiful certificate suitable for framing.



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

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
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
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.