Thursday, June 25, 2020

What Are The Early Warning Signs That Your Hive Is Preparing To Swarm?

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

If this is your first or second year in keeping bees, you probably have realized that there are always challenges.

Many of these challenges are baffling, like your queen started out laying well, but now you cannot find her and you can't find any brood. What the heck do you do now?

Not to mention thousands of varroa destructor mites are roaming through your hive biting your bees and spreading viruses that could potentially kill your bees in the winter. You do not realize it because you cannot see them that well.

Not to mention the other issues of when to add another deep or another super or should you place the super on top of the other super or below it? Or should you use a queen excluder? What do you do if the queen lays eggs in your honey super? When do you need to feed your bees? I hear these questions every day because I mentor over 200 beekeepers around the country through my beekeeping coaching program called BeeTeam6.

This week beekeepers have been sending me their pictures asking me what's happening to their hive. Many report good news, and ask questions about how to deal with healthy and rapidly expanding hives. I'm instructing them what to do next. They are so thankful to have a certified master beekeeper to seek advice from.

We can only take 2 more beekeepers into BeeTeam6. After that, you can sign up on our waiting list and if and when someone drops off we will work through our waiting list in the order that you signed up on the waiting list. Avoid the waitlist and sign up today! If beekeeping is more challenging than you thought, we can help!

Do You Know The Early Warning Signs That Your Hive Is Going To Swarm?

I've just made another video explaining why hives swarms and what to look for to detect a swarm before it happens. Please tell others about our beekeeping videos and subscribe and give us a thumbs up! Thank you

Click below to watch my newest beekeeping video just out!

Friday, June 19, 2020

New Beekeeping Videos: Watch Bees Ball And Try And Kill A Queen

Hello from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms. Sheri and I are excited about the debut (July 7th) of our new beekeeping book, "Backyard Beekeeping: Everything You Need To Know To Start Your First Hive."

Choosing the right hive can be confusing. Here's a tip from our new book available for Pre-order from Amazon. Just click here.

"The backyard beekeeper's skill level and knowledge will bring about a greater level of successful beekeeping that the nuances of a particular hive type. Answering key questions about your beekeeping endeavor can helps you decide on the hive that is right for your particular needs, budget, and challenges. For example, will your hive be primarily for pollinating your garden or for bulk honey production? Are you considering a hive for the ease of adding and removing honey supers? Maybe you want are wanting a type of hive that is the easiest to build. Will you be moving the hive?"

It is available for pre-order on Amazon. Sheri and I would appreciate any support you can lend our way to help this book get off to a fantastic start by pre ordering our book from Amazon: Follow This Link Today!

2 More Very Cool Beekeeping Videos: Queen Issues

I've just made two more beekeeping videos that you are going to love. The first one is a followup video because I accidentally moved two queens into the same hive. So many people on YouTube commented that they saw me move the queen, that I quickly ran out to see if I could keep the two queens from fighting. You will not believe what we found! So in the first video below, we will go in and attempt to rescue a queen.

In the second video I start with a fun coffee chat and then a look at how to successfully inspect your hive thoroughly, yet pretty fast. Take a look and please subscribe!

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

2 New Beekeeping Videos

Hello from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms. Sheri and I are excited about the debut (July 7th)of our new beekeeping book, "Backyard Beekeeping: Everything You Need To Know To Start Your First Hive."

It is available for pre-order on Amazon. Sheri and I would appreciate any support you can lend our way to help this book get off to a fantastic start by pre ordering our book from Amazon: Follow This Link Today!

I've just posted two new beekeeping videos that you will love! One follows the life of a hive raising a new queen. Watch their virgin queen fly. We follow her progress in getting mated and starting to lay. This is good math to understand when to expect a hive to start laying after raising a new queen.

The second video is great for learning how to strengthen a weak hive. We go back into the same hive and I show how to add the right brood to give a weak colony a better future. Click on the images

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

We Published A Book On Beekeeping

We have had a surge in new memberships to
BeeTeam6. Wow! Thank you so much for being part of this beekeeping mentorship and coaching program.
If you have not yet joined up, consider joining for the next 6 months. One of our BeeTeam6 members had this to say, "Good afternoon, Mr. Burns,
Sir, I just wanted to thank you for everything. Started the spring with 4 queenless hives & 2 splits. Now you are looking at 7 hives, all with beautiful brood patterns, tons of healthy bees & I have 4 Flow supers on, which are filling up fast. Your expertise, videos & tips have definitely upped my bee game. I feel both honored & privileged to have you as my teacher. My initial disappointment has turned to great happiness & a newfound desire to further my beekeeping endeavor. Even the info from yesterday's video was used today to find a missing queen. Thank you, sir. 
I have just a quick question: it's pretty hot today here in VA (mid 90s). I see substantial bearding in front of some of the hives. Should I remove the entrance reducers or is that not necessary? I mainly have them on to guard against SHB (they got those red beetle contraptions). Otherwise, all smooth sailing over here. Thanks again

Sign Up For BeeTeam6 Now. Beekeeping will be intense and may stress you out for the next 6 months. You need a friend who knows what they are talking about. For less than $5 a week, you can call, text or email David anytime you need help, guidance or need a question answered. Click here to sign up now. You've spent so much time and money getting started in beekeeping, why not invest less than $20 a month to have an EAS Certified Master Beekeeper at your fingertips. Click here to join now. We are extending 7 more spots.

Sheri and I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. 2020 seems to throw new surprises at us every month. Beekeeping can certainly be a calming hobby during so much unrest and anxiety in our country.


After a LOT of hard work behind-the-scenes for the past several months, I'm so excited to finally announce something...We have a new book coming out in July.

Backyard Beekeeping: Everything You Need to Know to Start Your First Hive is all about getting started in beekeeping. We've helped thousands over the years get started keeping bees so we decided to write a book to help even more. Our years of experience will be a huge benefit for you. You can PREORDER and learn more and see it here.

Over the coming weeks, I'll be sharing sneak peeks, tips, how-tos, and a whole lot more so you can get excited right along with me. Stay tuned!

Thank you for supporting our small, family beekeeping business during COVID19. Sheri and I do not have other jobs or careers. We make our living solely from your kindness in placing orders with us. We know you have so many options, some cheaper than us, but so many of you continue to purchase from us because you like our overall service and education we offer to the beekeeping community. Thank you so much. We worked hard to meet our customers' orders for packages and nucs this year during the pandemic and it all worked out. 

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My new video is almost ready. I'm making a video on tracking a queen, from queen cells, to the virgin queen to observing her laying. This will go live on YouTube sometime next week so keep watching for it.