Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Pheromone Response Of Honey Bees

Hi, we are David and Sheri Burns at Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and www.honeybeesonline.com and we are excited for the 2017 upcoming beekeeping year. We expect another record number of people to begin keeping bees.

We are also excited about our classes for the new year. Each year we keep increase the number of our classes and we are offering additional speciality classes in beekeeping. Thinking about starting your own business? Join us as we discuss different kinds of bee businesses, along with a discussion on information all small businesses need to know.  We'll touch on employees, advertising, contracts, taxes, and more. This class is on June 11th from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Please seek the advice of your own legal counsel when starting your own business.

Our first 2017 Beginners Class will be held February 18th 1pm - 6pm here at our training center.


PACKAGE BEES go on sale online in just 12 days, January 1st. They always sell out fast so put it on your calendar. Order online on January 1st as fast as you can. Follow this link that will be updated at midnight Jan. 1st.

Christmas Gift Cards

Maybe you are wondering at the last minute what to get someone for Christmas. Maybe it's too late or you're too exhausted to think anymore. Why not give them a gift certificate from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and get them started in beekeeping. It is a gift that will entertain them the whole year. In just 4 days it will be Christmas Eve. Now is the time to take advantage of our special Gift Certificates. Sometimes it's hard to know just what to get someone. Beekeeping has always been a huge surprise as a Christmas gift. A gift certificate from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms will give them the pleasure of getting what they have really wanted not just another coffee mug or candle.

If you are considering giving that special someone an entire hive kit with bees, they are available online. However, we can no longer ship hives in time for Christmas. So please use the gift certificate link above.  Remember, our hives are built right here in Illinois. Help keep American, family businesses strong.

Phenomenal Response

Last spring Certified Master Beekeeper, David Burns, began a mentorship program for beekeepers. This program affords the member to have access to David's years of knowledge and skills either by email, his personal cell phone or text.  David didn't expect too many to sign up but the response has been phenomenal. There are still a few spots open to reach David's maximum number he is willing to take. This could be a great gift as well. For more information, visit our Membership Info page. Here's what David says about it, "You'll have access to my personal cell phone and private email. And you can send me videos or pictures of your hive when it just doesn't seem right or you don't know what's going on. You'll also receive a weekly instructional video and a weekly beekeeping tip."

Winter-Bee-Kinds Production Will Soon End For The Year
We will complete our production of WBKs for this year in a few weeks. So if you are on the fence or need another one, please place your order now. Remember it's never too cold or too late to place a Winter-Bee-Kind on your hive. You've worked hard to keep your bees healthy.  Don't let them starve in the winter.

Did You Know This About Bees?

Bees do not have ears. If that's true how do they hear the lawn mower coming? They have vibration sensors throughout their body. Sound waves produce vibrations. But without ears how do bees talk to each other?

Through pheromones. Pheromone glands are located at various places on bees. These highly volatile vapors are mixed and dispersed throughout the colony and are received by the antenna of the honey bee.

For example, we've all heard of the alarm pheromone. This is a chemical substance located on the sting apparatus of the honey bee. When we are stung the venom sac releases alarm pheromones on the sting site. This alarm pheromone becomes an indicator to other bees where the trouble lies.

Another commonly understood pheromone is the Nasanov gland located near the end of the abdomen on worker bees. You can actually see this gland open and with a good nose you can smell the scent. Nasanov pheromone has several uses, one is to tell other bees where to land during a swarm.

A virgin queen releases pheromones in her mating flight to signal her location to drones. After she is mated this same gland releases a pheromone that prevents workers from laying.

Even developing larvae release pheromones indicating they need fed. There are so many more interesting facts about pheromones!!

Order Your Bee Hives And Other Equipment From Us
Before you run out to a big box store, why not purchase your beekeeping equipment from us? We are experts in the field. Get started on the right foot. Thank you for supporting our family business for all your beekeeping needs. We do it all. We will educate you through a class, provide the bees and yearly queens and supply you with the hives and equipment you need to be successful.  Here's our most popular Hive Kits:
Our Freedom Kit has been a top choice for new beginners. Painted and assembled our hives are made here in Illinois under David's watchful eye. Starting with 2 hives is always a better idea. You can purchase it with or without bees. And comes with the equipment you need to keep bees. 

2 Hives gives you the advantage to move resources around to keep both hives going strong. Lose a queen? Just move a frame of eggs from the other hive. In a good year you can harvest twice the honey! For more info on our Freedom Kit follow these links:

Freedom Kit With Bees (Bees Are Picked Up Here In Spring)

Our Liberty kit is similar to our Freedom kit only the Liberty kit is for one hive. You can purchase it with or without bees. All our hives are painted and assembled, ready to be placed in your yard. Comes with equipment you need to get started.

For more information on our Liberty Kit, follow these links:

Don't get sucked in to all the "new fangled gadgets and concoctions" on the internet. Stay with science and proven methods. Let us help you in all your beekeeping needs.


David and Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
Visit us online at: www.honeybeesonline.com

Or Call: Tues-Thurs 10am - 4pm 217-427-2678

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Hive Kits Available Now With Bees

We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and Honeybeesonline.com. We've just placed our 2017 Hive Kits With Bees online for purchase. This is just in time for you to get that special someone a Christmas gift that will TRULY be a huge surprise. Click here to see our 2017 hive kits. Remember, when our hives are built right here in Illinois. Help put small American businesses back on the map!

For those of you waiting on your Winter Bee Kinds to arrive, due to warmer weather this week, we had to postpone shipping until next week. But remember, your WBK will be shipped in the order the order was received. Many people placed their orders in August-October, so if you are just now placing your order, please be patient. Also, the WBK will arrive wet or syrupy. That is fine and the bees will enjoy that. This does occur in shipping and is perfectly expected and normal. If we made them so hard that they did not do this, the bees would not be able to consume the food. It's not too late to order your Winter Bee Kind now. Don't let your bees starve this winter.

Our 2017 class schedule is online now. The two classes that sell out the fastest are the Beekeeping Institute and How To Raise Queens. So if you are interested in making it to these classes, sign up now to reserve your spots. 

Check out all of our classes for 2017 at:

Another Great Christmas Idea

A Six Month's Mentorship
Purchase a 6 month membership to be mentored by EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, David Burns. Each week David sends out instructional tips and a video. Also, this mentorship includes access to David's private cell phone and email so you can personally talk to David about your hives. This makes a great Christmas gift. Click here to sign up. Leave a comment in the note section so that we can send a special Christmas card explaining everything to go under the tree.  


Planning to start keeping bees in the spring or maybe you'll need something to put that new swarm into in the Spring?Buy your hives now and you'll avoid the spring rush on hives.

Our Freedom Kit has been a top choice for new beginners. Starting with 2 hives is always a better idea. Sometimes you need to share resources between colonies. With two hives you can transfer frames and keep each hive equally strong. This kit comes with 2 Packages of Bee (Bees Picked up here in the spring). Painted and assembled here in Illinois. 

Also included are the supplies necessary to start keeping bees. Beat the spring rush and order now. 

Our Liberty Kit comes with one hive and one package of bees (Bees picked up in spring at our location) plus supplies. All our hives are painted and assembled, ready to be placed in your yard. A great Christmas gift. Order now to receive the hive before Christmas.

We know you have other options for purchasing your beekeeping equipment, but we appreciate you honoring us with the opportunity to meet your beekeeping needs. We are a hard working, American small family business. We appreciate your business.

Drone - A male honey bee, produced by a queen laying an unfertilized egg, usually in a larger cell. Drones do not forage or build comb. They merely mate with virgin queens and die shortly after mating. They do not have stingers. Their eyes are so large they touch in the middle of their head. They have one extra antennae section than workers, used to locate the virgin queen in flight. Most colonies have between 200-2,000 drones. Drones do not have a father, but they do have a grandfather.
Be sure and give us a call 217-427-2678 or stop by our website at: www.honeybeesonline.com

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Beekeeping Mentorship

We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and Honeybeesonline.com. Our 2017 class schedule is online now. The two classes that sell out the fastest are the Beekeeping Institute and How To Raise Queens. So if you are interested in making it to these classes, sign up now to reserve your spots. 

Check out all of our classes for 2017 at:

Speaking of classes, we are offering one more class this Saturday here on the bee farm in our training center. "Show Me The Honey."

Sheri will be teaching this class addressing all aspects of honey such as how bees make honey, how to cook with honey, how to extract and bottle honey, the medicinal value of honey and much more. Here's the online link: http://www.honeybeesonline.com/show-me-the-honey-all-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-honey-workshop/

If you are wondering what to get that special someone for Christmas, maybe a beehive kit along with a class. Only 61 days to buy that perfect gift! Why not really surprise them with a hobby that's fun and good for the environment. Visit our website at: www.honeybeesonline.com

Some form of a candy board has been around for a long time. Beekeepers of long ago placed candy in their hives to provide enough food for their bees to survive the long months of winter. There are various mixtures and receipts for candy boards. Some are made with soft candy and some with hard candy. The end result is still the same. The bees will consume the sugar as they need it.
We've always been concerned about the amount of condensation that can develop in the hive during the winter. The bees produce heat within their hive and as the temperature is very cold outside the hive condensation will develop on the warm side just above the bees on the inner cover or top cover. This condensation can accumulate and drop down onto the winter cluster of bees below. Bees can stay warm in the winter but they must remain dry. If this cold water drips down onto the bees it can reduce their ability to keep their cluster warm. The insulation on our Winter-Bee-Kind helps reduce the excessive moisture and even puts some of that moisture to work as it accumulates on the candy and makes it easy for the bees to consume the sugar. Thus, a Winter-Bee-Kind can help lessen two winter stresses, the lack of food and excessive moisture. We've also found that in upper vent allows bees to take cleansing (potty breaks) flights in lower temperatures.
We make our Winter-Bee-Kinds with sugar and a healthy amount of pollen powder. Many beekeepers make the mistake of only feeding their bees sugar in the winter, but the bees also need protein which they obtain from pollen. Our Winter-Bee-Kinds come with pollen mixed in with the sugar.  We recommend that you place candy boards on your hive by December 22 (Winter Solstice). But anytime during the fall or winter is fine. Even if your bees run out of honey in February put a Winter-Bee-Kind on in February if you have too.
To watch my video on the Winter-Bee-Kind Winter Feeding Board or to read some Commonly Asked Questions Click Here.
What If You Could Call, Email Or Text A Certified Master Beekeeper To Help You With Your Hive?
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 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'll be sharing spring management tips during the winter to get you ready for spring.

Give us a call today. We open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 4pm.
David and Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms

Monday, September 26, 2016

Join Us For A Special Honey Class

We've added one more class for this October, "Give Me The Honey." 

Many Beekeepers miss out on the opportunity to capitalize on the main resource produced from their hives...HONEY!

Here is a class for you honey enthusiasts! Join Sheri Burns as she talks about honey -- how bees get it, how they pollinate, what types of flowers do they pollinate? Why is some honey light while other honey is dark? Learn about what's in honey and how it's beneficial to people (do YOU know where those beneficial enzymes come from?).  Watch an extraction demonstration and see how it's stored. Learn how to cook and bake with honey (and taste test some of Sheri's creations). And did you know there are other medicinal uses for honey?

This class starts at 1pm on Sat., Oct 29 and runs approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Not just for beekeepers but for anyone who enjoys honey (age 12 and up). Come learn what you've been missing about honey.

The workshop will take place at the Training Center of honeybeesonline.com which is located at 14556 N 1020 East Rd in Fairmount IL (30 min east of Champaign-Urbana).  Off Exit #206 Oakwood, go south into town.  At second stop sign (about 5 miles out in country) turn left.  At 2nd country road (1020 East) turn left.  Go down about 1/2 mile, you will see our signs.
Click Here To Sign Up Now


This year we've had an incredible surge in orders for our Winter-Bee-Kinds. The longer you wait to order, the longer you'll wait to receive your order. Please place your order ASAP to ensure we can get your order to you before your bees get too hungry this winter. We will NOT start shipping our WBK until after Nov. 1st. They are shipped in the order the orders are placed.  Click here to order yours today!

YouTube Videos Are Probably The Number 1 Way People Learn How To Keep Bees

Since most people learn how to keep bees by watching YouTube videos, we are working hard to regularly produce videos so that people learn by proven ways rather than by unproven folklore.  Our newest video addresses another way to wrap your hive for winter. Take a look below.

Thanks for checking out our blog today. Call us today 217-427-2678 (M-Thur. 10am-3pm central time)and place your Winter-Bee-Kind orders or sign up for our new Give Me The Honey Class. Visit us online at www.honeybeesonline.com

David and Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms

Thursday, September 22, 2016

It's Fall. Get Ready For Winter

Hi, we are beekeepers David and Sheri Burns. It's the first day of fall and winter is coming soon. Are your bees ready? Do you know what to do over the next few months to properly prepare your bees for winter? 

One Thing You Probably Learned This Year Is That You Need To Learn More

It seems so hands free and easy but beekeeping requires a certain degree of knowledge, skill and perfect timing to ensure a colony's health. With so many new challenges and options a beginners class is essential. Join us on Saturday Oct. 15th and fill in your knowledge gaps. Stop worry and wondering if you are managing your bees the right way. We have a few spots still open. Learn More
Beekeeping Mentorship Program
In May of this year I started a Beekeeping Mentorship program that has been so well received by beekeepers from around the country.
For less than $5 a week, you have access to my personal cell phone number and email. You can call me, text or email me when you have a question about your bees. Beekeepers send me videos, photos or questions about what they should do next. PLUS you also receive a weekly tip and and a weekly instructional beekeeping video. During the next few months I'll be focusing on Spring Management tips and videos to prepare beekeepers for swarm control, making splits, controlling mites in the spring and queen rearing. Wouldn't it be nice to have an EAS Certified Master Beekeeper you could talk to about your bees and get sound advice! Let's face it, sometimes you feel all alone in your new hobby. Spots are limited so if you are interested check it out today by clicking here. 

How Do You Keep Mice Out Of The Hive?

Mice are coming in! They know it's fall and winter is coming and your hives make a nice cozy place mice can raise their young. The only problem is they also want to kill your colony. Do something now! Watch my new video below and get your hives ready for winter:

Beekeepers know that our Winter-Bee-Kind makes a difference in the winter. It
provides carbs and proteins, insulates the top to prevent condensation and provides an upper entrance. Place your order now! We begin shipping these in November. You can place it on the hive anytime. Our Winter-Bee-Kinds start shipping in November in the order the orders were placed. So do not delay. Order Now!

It is essential that we feed bees in the fall. Even if they have plenty of honey now, what if they eat it all before winter starts. They still have to go through the rest of September, October, November and most of December before winter even arrives. And during this time there is hardly anything out there for them to gather. Our feeding board is perfect for fall and spring. Holes are lined with screen to make changing jars easy. Click here to get your feeding board today. This ships within 5 business days. Order now!

If you have kept bees very long you know how frustrating it is when your bees swarm and you have nothing to put them in. You could have caught your swarm and had a new hive, but the swarm only remained on your property a few hours and then flew off. In the Spring when you try to order beekeeping equipment suppliers are swamped and shipping is slow. Why not get that new hive now. You know you are going to need it. Buy it now and have it on hand! Our hives are made right here in central Illinois by master craftsmen. Before you run out and buy from other places, please consider supporting our family business. We've worked hard for you over the last 10 years to give you free beekeeping lessons and videos. Your return support is greatly appreciated. Check out our complete line of hives. Thank you!

Thanks For Your Continued Support!!

I had to buy new tires for my truck. I usually go to a huge warehouse store because they are cheaper. But, Aaron walked in last spring and bought hives from us and took a class. He runs a local tire company. He could have bought his hives from huge stores but he decided to come to us, a family business like he runs. I asked him for a quote for my tires and he beat the big warehouse. Even if he had been a little more expensive it would have been the right thing for me to do. I can't tell you how good I felt buying from a family business. This is the way it should be! Before you consider other places, give us a chance to earn your beekeeping business. We are a hard working family business that depends on great customers like you. Thank you for your loyalty.


David and Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Do You Need To Combine A Weak Hive That May Not Make It Through The Winter?

We are David and Sheri Burns and we've been promoting beekeeping online for over a decade at: www.honeybeesonline.com

We are located in central Illinois and boy has it been hot and humid. We've received 5.40 inches of rain for the month of August. The average for our area is 3.5 inches. The extra rain has not only given way for more mosquitoes but some pretty hot and humid days. In late afternoon our bees are hanging all over the top and bottom of the hive trying to remain cool.

We have a few queens still for sale this week. Call us today after 10am 217-427-2678.

In today's blog, I want to encourage you to consider combining a very small and weak colony with a stronger colony before winter. Late summer and early fall is a great time to combine hives that are just too small to make it through a cold, windy, long winter.

Can you feed a small colony and help them survive the winter? Maybe, but it just depends on how small they are. I encourage beekeepers to feed all their hives in late summer and fall. Feeding bees protein and sugar can make a huge difference in winter survival.

Dangers Of Combining

If a weak colony just never took off this year there is a reason. That reason could be that the queen didn't lay well enough. But, it could also mean that your hive has a contagious disease. If you combine a sick hive with a healthy hive guess what's likely to take place. They both become infected. So you have to know alittle bit about beekeeping and why that weak hive is weak before you combine it with your prize winning, best honey producing hive ever!

My best suggestion is to be sure you do not visually see evidence of American foulbrood or European foulbrood. Then, what might really be hard to know is nosema, a microsporidian. Send some samples of your bees to the Beltsville, Maryland bee lab and they will sample for nosema for you. If all looks good, combining a weak colony with a strong one is a good idea.

Benefits Of Combining

You can always make a spring split if the combined hive overwinters well. And before you combine you will have to do something with that extra queen. Maybe you need her in a strong hive that lost their queen. Or you might sell her to a beekeeper needing a queen. Sometimes the extra bees from the weak hive, combined with a strong hive, can give the strong hive more leverage for overwintering provided that the strong colony does not have a high viral load from varroa mites. Watch our video below on how to combine hives.

BeeTeam6, A Popular Beekeeping Mentorship Service

Beekeeping has a huge learning curve. Wouldn't it be nice to have a Certified Master Beekeeper you could contact when you don't know what's going on? Bees do not always do what's in the beekeeping books. Sign up now so you can call me, email or text me your questions, photos or videos about your hives. This is a monthly service and you can cancel at any time.  

Last Class Of 2016
We have one last class for the 2016 year, our Basic Beekeeping course. Each October we offer a beginners course and it always fills up fast! Sign up now. 

This year we taught more classes and educated more students than ever before. We offered beginner classes, advance class, queen rearing, the Bee Institute, several "A Day In The Apiary With David" classes, Spring Management classes, "Getting Your Bees Through The Winter" and more. We'll be posting our 2017 class schedule online in October.

Sign up now for our Basic Beekeeping Course, Saturday, October 15th, 8am-1pm. We have 6 spots remaining.Click here 

Watch Our Newest Video Showing Two Ways To Catch A Swarm

Catching swarms is a great way to add more colonies naturally and at basically little to no cost. But, there is a skill involved.

Make sure capturing the swarm does not put you in danger of falling out of trees or off of ladders. Trying to gather $100 worth of bees is not worth a broken leg or worse. Be smart.

Be aware that swarms can leave again after you have given them the perfect home on your property. This is especially true if you captured them within 3 miles of your home. The scout bees probably already had another place in mind. They are still close enough to fly to it.

Are You Afraid To Harvest?
Honey FrameYou did it! Well, we should say your bees did it. They made some honey! But, are you now afraid to remove the supers and harvest the honey? Do you know all about how to harvest the honey properly from the hive? Here's some tips to help you have a great time harvesting that liquid gold!


Winter-Bee-KindWinter is unpredictable.
If only we knew if it was going to be harsh or bad. Don't take a chance again! This time, be ready. Give your bees a chance. 

Our Popular Late Summer
& Fall Feeder 
Burns Bees Feeding SystemAre you prepared to feed your bees when the nectar flow ends in a few weeks?  Got a plan? Two years ago we introduced The Burns Bees Feeding System. No more smashing pollen patties between hive bodies frames. Protective screens means no more bees everywhere when you change your feeding jars. Available for 8 or 10 frame hives.  Click Here For More Info
This is our best deal, two completely assembled and painted hives with wooden frames and foundation. Click Here For More Info.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

It's Worse Than We Thought

It's worse than we thought! It's time to make a steady effort to test your bees. Start now and take action.

Hi, I'm David Burns. Sheri and I stay out in front of what's going on in beekeeping. We hear back from hundreds of beekeepers around the world who give us feedback as to what issues they are experiencing. So we constantly stay up on things like the rising prices of EpiPens, oxalic acid (OA) treatment, Taranov splitting etc. We do this to help you!  Thank you for your business because this enables us to stay up on the cutting edge of new information.

By listening to beekeepers across the country here's the conclusion I have reached about why bees are dying:

Death By Varroa Mites

Several talks at EAS this year made it clear to me that colonies dying from varroa mites is worse than we thought. Viruses, spread by mites, are causing colonies to weaken in the fall and to die in the winter. While many people are getting into beekeeping, not as many are diligently monitoring mites by performing monthly mite tests. This is resulting in an alarming number of colonies weakening in the summer and fall and dying in the winter. This may be the major contributing factor for summer colonies having queen related issues. Mite testing and control is essential for colonies to remain healthy. Watch my 60 Second Beekeeper video on how to test for mites.

Death By Protein Stress

With colonies consuming 3.5 pounds of protein a week beekeepers must start feeding their bees protein such as found in pollen patties. We've just produced a video on how to make your own pollen patties. Aug. - Oct. is a vital time to feed your bees protein as they raise new bees with winter physiology during this time. Without protein brood production will fall significantly. A 2:1 sugar ratio is only part of what bees are in desperate need of now! They also must have protein.

Death By Queen Issues

Colonies often suffer from queen issues. The queen herself is rarely the issue. Here's the issue. Beekeepers are reporting that they cannot find their queen and so they give up on monitoring her. Without keeping a close eye on her performance beekeepers are unaware of the colony's brood future. Most beekeepers know what a very strong colony looks like and they know what a very weak colony looks like. But, they cannot quickly diagnosis a strong colony that is starting to show signs of failing. This can be overcome by education. New beekeepers know very little about what to do if they see a failing queen, a virgin queen or queen cells. This often results in mismanagement and failing colonies. Monitoring the queen's brood production is essential in maintain a strong colony.

Death By Neglect

We all have busy and hectic lives. Few of us stay on top of our hive issues like we should. Life happens. Beekeepers are believing questionable information from the Internet and taking it as Gospel. For example, oxalic acid is now the "new trend." Yet, you practically have to be a chemist to mix/vaporize or tribble the corrosive acid in such a way as to not burn your lungs or kill your bees. Too much and your bees are dead. Too little and your mites are unharmed. While oxalic and be effective, it does not kill mites in the capped cells. Female mites that are being produced in your hive in September and October will live through the winter, living as long as 5 months. The winter cluster provides convenient access for mites to spread viruses into February finally crashing the hive in March. In my book on "Getting Your Bees Through The Winter" I lay out a method to reduce mite loads in August and September and then raising a large population of bees with winter physiology. This eBook is available on Amazon or from our website.

To purchase this eBook on Amazon, click here.

To purchase this eBook from our website, click here.

About four years ago I couldn't believe my eyes. I had very healthy and strong colonies but August and September resulted in these colonies starving from a lack of protein. Upon inspecting my hive, they had plenty of honey but young larvae was not being fed royal jelly or worker jelly. That's because young bees were under protein stress. Slapping pollen patties between deeps wasn't working and presented me with several challenges. I needed to find a way to rapidly feed 2:1 and 1:1 at the same time as I gave my colonies pollen patties. That's when I created theThe Burns' Bees Feeding System. 
Burns Bees Feeding SystemThis time of the year, many beekeepers fail to give enough food to the hive for maximum brood build up. Our feeding system places the food strategically over the brood nest area, keeping food where bees can always access it even on cold nights. August - October usually turns out to be a pollen and nectar dearth. Make sure your bees do not eat all their winter stores by November.  Feed you bees.

We'd Like To Feature You On Our Videos
You can have your moment in fame. Please make a small video and send it to us. We want to place these at the beginning of the "60 Second Beekeeper." Simply show yourself in your bee suit or by your hives and say, "Hi, I'm (Name) in (State) and here's the 60 Second Beekeeper in 3, 2, 1."  When using your cell phone make sure the phone is sideways. Email us the video and we'll plug you in to our new series. Send it to: beekeeper.burns@gmail.com


Don't let your bees starve this winter. Try our Winter-Bee-Kind winter feeding board. It contains carbohydrates, proteins, insulation and ventilation. The upper slot gives your bees the opportunity to take cleansing flights at much lower temperatures. Click here for more information. 

60 Second Beekeeper

I've started a new series of videos call the "60 Second Beekeeper." I address important beekeeping topics in 60 seconds. I'm creating episodes that you can watch when you are in a hurry, yet still get the insights you need to know what to do with your hive.

We now have over 8,000 subscribers and we hope to reach 10,000 by the end of September. Please visit our YouTube channel and subscribe. 

To make it easy for you, just click here to go to our channel now.

Once we make it to 10,000 with your help YouTube will open up additional opportunities affording us to make better videos! Thank you in advance.  Tell your friends and family to subscribe.