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.
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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

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.


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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.

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www.honeybeesonline.com
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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:


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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.