Thursday, July 21, 2016

What Will This Hot Weather Do To My Bees?

Wow is it hot! Right now in my bee yard the heat index is 115 degrees (f). Bees are fanning, bringing in water and trying to stay cool. The humidity level doesn't help either.

Hi, this is David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms. Thanks for reading our blog today.  Excessive hot and humid weather changes colony behavior. Instead of concentrating on hauling in nectar, foragers are forced to bring water into the hive to be used to cool the hive.  The humid weather slows down the colony's ability to "dry" the nectar into honey. But the worst thing for me is having to wear a bee suit and stand out in the heat. I just will not do it. Also, bees are more defensive as the colony becomes larger with more honey to protect and as it become more humid and hot. You must begin using plenty of smoke if you must open your hives. Wear plenty of protective gear too. Your hive is not the small, little hive you started with. They are much larger in number and in stored honey. If you can, wait until there is a break in the heat to inspect your hives.

Are You Getting The Right Beekeeping Advice? 


Are you sure you can trust the beekeeping information you are getting? I want to help you by being your mentor. For less than $5 a week, I'll give you my personal cell phone, my personal email so that you can call me, text me or email me when you don't know what's going on with your bees.


Let me calm you down!  I can teach you in 3 minutes what it took me 3 years to learn. Sometimes it's hard to get other beekeepers to help you. They might be afraid you will steal their honey sales. Wouldn't it be nice to have a Certified Master Beekeeper to review your pictures or videos and answer your questions. Just today I spotted a beekeeper's queen on a photo she sent me. She was so excited.

Why not purchase this for your friend or loved one? Click To Become A Member 

What You Do In August-October May Determine If Your Bees Survive The Winter
Don't wait until it's too late. It may be too late to make corrections to save your hive if you wait till September. We are offering these classes to help your bees have a better chance to survive the winter. We are offering these classes in August so you have enough time to take the necessary action to help increase the chances of your colonies surviving winter.

What about wrapping a hive, green houses, heat lamps, winter feeding, wind blocks, how much honey to leave on?

Do you understand vitellogensis and the role it plays in overwintering bees?

In this class we'll teach you how to go into winter with healthy young bees rather than trying to overwintered old bees with viruses.

We have the same class being offered on two dates:

Register Now

August 6th 8:30am- 1pm Spots Still Available Sign Up Now

August 20th  8:30am - 1pm  Spots Still  Available Sign Up Now

I know it is summer, but these classes will sell out soon.

At 12:01 a.m. August 1st, our Winter-Bee-Kinds go online. 


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Winter-Bee-KindPLEASE NOTE, orders will be shipped out starting November 1, in the order they are received. In other words, if you order your WBK this week, yours will ship the first week in November. However, if you order yours on September 1st, there will be hundreds of orders ahead of yours so you may not get your order until December. We do our best to stay caught up but the popularity of our WBKs is overwhelming. Thank you. To order online go to: http://www.honeybeesonline.com/winter-feeders-and-solutions/

SEE YOU AT EAS
I'll be teaching next week near Atlantic City, New Jersey at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ. We have over 350 new beekeepers signed up to take this course. I'll be teaching along with my good friends Jon Zawislak and Steve Rapasky. If any of you are interested in attending, there still may be openings.  Attending EAS makes benefits you because it helps me keep up with the newest and latest scientific discoveries in beekeeping. I plan to produce podcasts and video blogs while I'm there.
For more information: EAS Click Here

WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR VACATION FROM JULY 25 - AUG. 4.  ANY ORDERS RECEIVED VIA THE WEBSITE DURING THAT TIME WILL BE FILLED AFTER AUG. 4

OUR CURRENT SUMMER FARM HOURS AND CUSTOMER SERVICE HOURS

ARE MON- THUR 10 A.M. - 3 P.M. 


Wondering how to extract honey? Watch our video: https://youtu.be/Y0tHuimTurk

David and Sheri BurnsLong Lane Honey Bee Farmswww.honeybeesonline.com







Monday, July 11, 2016

Illinois Norther Queens Available


 

Hello from David and Sheri here at Long Lane Honey Bee Farms.

Urgent Notice: We have Northern, Illinois Queens available this week. If you need one now is your chance. We are shipping overnight only for the next three days so get 'er done. Click the link below on what you need:

One Mated and Marked Queen or

Two Mated and Marked Queens 


Winter-Bee-Kind
Winter-Bee-Kinds
Count Down
 
At 12:01 a.m. August 1st, our Winter-Bee-Kinds go online.

PLEASE NOTE, orders will be shipped out starting November 1, in the order they are received. In other words, if you order your WBK this week, yours will ship the first week in November. However, if you order yours on September 1st, there will be hundreds of orders ahead of yours so you may not get your order until December. We do our best to stay caught up but the popularity of our WBKs is overwhelming. Thank you. To order online Aug. 1st go to: http://www.honeybeesonline.com/winter-feeders-and-solutions/

David and Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
217-427-2678
www.honeybeesonline.com



Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New Discoveries, Studies and Findings

Hello from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms. We just celebrated the 4th of July with fireworks and cookouts. To a beekeeper, the 4th of July means two things: 1) Honey and 2) Getting hives ready for winter. I'm the last person who wants to think about winter in July, but wouldn't it be nice to get all your hives through winter?

This year we filled more beekeeping classes than previous years because we designed our classes to accommodate student's schedules and offered more classes.  We have several classes still open for 2016. 

We have 1 spot left in "A Day In The Apiary With David" coming up this Saturday, July 9th 8:30-11:30. These classes are great because you gain nearly 3 hours of time in the hive with a certified master beekeeper. Isn't it time you gain more knowledge? We've offered several of these classes this year and this is the last one. Sign up now.

We have these classes still open for the 2016 seasons:



Winter-Bee-Kinds

Winter-Bee-Kinds are a smashing hit, a feeding system to place on your hives for winter. It also helps ventilate excessive moisture build up out of the hive, keeping your bees more dry in the winter. The insulation cuts down on condensation that drips down on bees in the winter. Everyone has been trying to buy them now, but they will go on sale August 1st. WARNING. Each year these are in huge demand. Even though they go on sale in August, we do not start shipping until November. This means those who order early in August will receive yours sooner than ordering them in late August. Be ready on August 1. We'll have a link on our main page: www.honeybeesonline.com 
If this is your first or second year to keep bees you have quickly learned that there's more to this beekeeping thing than you bargained for. Wouldn't it be nice to have me, certified master beekeeper, on the other end of the phone or email whenever you have a question. I started my new membership program and members are loving it.  We still have room for 10 more.

MEMBERS ONLY ACCESS TO:
-  1 New Instructional Videos Each Week.
-  Personal Email & Phone Mentorship With Me. You'll be a phone    call away from a certified master beekeeper.
-  Priority access to purchase queens when available.
-  Picture/Video Evaluation Of Your Hive When Needed. Send me    a video and/or pictures of what concerns you and I'll advise
   you on the next step to take.
-  Weekly Tips Of What You Should Be Doing With Your Bees.
-  Your Choice Of 1(one) Item From Our Membership Gifts List
   Below: (After 6 months subscribed)
   - 1 Free class at our location per year (Does NOT Include Bee Institute)
   - 1 Free Winter-Bee-Kind
   - 1 Free Burns Bees Feeding System


Are You Prepared For The Fall Dearth?
Burns Bees Feeding System
Our Burns Bees Feeding System now provides a perfect way to feed your bees during the fall in preparing them for winter. DO NOT use an entrance feeder in the fall or it may invite robber bees from other hives.  The jar holes are now both in the middle rather than side by side as pictured. It's a great way to feed your bees 2:1 sugar water in the fall and pollen patties.

The feeding ports are screened to keep the bees from flying out when you add more sugar water and patties. Also comes with lids with holes that you can screw onto your own small mouth jars. Get yours in time for fall. 

Discoveries, New Findings and Studies 

Information is everywhere. It's hard to sift through all the information about honey bees and know if it is solid or not. This is not just with bees, but everything. First, eggs were terrible for us. Now they're not. We never know who or what to believe.

At every conference or bee club inevitably someone comes up with a new report, a new study, a new discovery and everyone dashes over there to try it. 

Don't get me wrong, I stay up on things, but we need to be patient and remember that honey bees have been around a long time. There is no magic powder to sprinkle on bees and make all our problems go away. There is not one single person raising an awesome queen that can totally resist mites, diseases and produce tons of honey. Don't chase that rainbow. The success of your hive still depends on your hard work, not a new treatment...I mean we cannot prevent a common cold.

Here's a thought. The time you spend scouring the internet for the newest things folks are saying about bees, you could be spending that time in your hives keeping them healthy with proven management practices. Go and enjoy your bees!


David and Sheri Burns
www.honeybeesonline.com
217-427-2678
Fairmount, IL in central Illinois
Here's Directions

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Is Beekeeping More Than You Bargained For?

Hello from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms. Finally we are in full bee season. It's a good feeling. Flowers are blooming, and more and more days are good for bees to forage.

If this is your first or second year to keep bees you have quickly learned that there's more to this beekeeping thing than you bargained for. Wouldn't it be nice to have a certified master beekeeper on the other end of the phone or email whenever you had a question. I started my new membership program and members are loving it. 90 beekeepers around the country have jumped on board. We still have room for more.

MEMBERS ONLY ACCESS TO:
-  1 New Instructional Videos Each Week.
-  Personal Email & Phone Mentorship With Me. You'll be a phone    call away from a certified master beekeeper.
-  Picture/Video Evaluation Of Your Hive When Needed. Send me    a video and/or pictures of what concerns you and I'll advise
   you on the next step to take.
-  Weekly Tips Of What You Should Be Doing With Your Bees.
-  Your Choice Of 1(one) Item From Our Membership Gifts List
   Below: (After 6 months subscribed)
   - 1 Free class at our location per year (Does NOT Include Bee Institute)
   - 1 Free Winter-Bee-Kind
   - 1 Free Burns Bees Feeding System


We have 2 spots left in our Beekeeping Institute June 10-12.Read more...

We Have Queens Available

We hope to have more each week. Here's how it works. Once we know the number of queens we will have available for the upcoming week we place them online, usually over the weekend. If you want to pick up your queen, please call us on Monday. Usually the queens quickly sell out over the weekend. We hope to have more available each week as the season progresses. These are Illinois Northern queens. Click here to see if they are available now.
Can I Stop Feeding My Bees Now?

Yes. Once there is a strong nectar flow and plenty of flowers it is not essential to feed your bees. If you see lots of ants going for your sugar water, stop feeding. The bees should become familiar with foraging rather than relying on your sugar water.

These classes were very popular last year!  Come and spend 4 hours in the bee yard and learn from certified master beekeeper, David Burns. Ask questions and learn how to manage your colony. We still have room for a few more.

Your Hive Is Telling You Now If They Will Survive The Winter

Sounds impossible, right? But it's true. If mite levels are not kept below 3% your colony will most likely die in March. If your queen is failing...dead in March. It's still time for you to intervene and take action to help your bees survive. Be proactive. Know what you are doing to avoid being sad and depressed in March.

David and Sheri Burns
www.honeybeesonline.com
217-427-2678
Fairmount, IL in central Illinois
Here's Directions

Friday, April 15, 2016

Hello from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms we are David and Sheri Burns. We live in central Illinois and boy are we enjoying this beautiful spring.

Seems like no matter where I go, people recognize me from YouTube or from speaking about Honey Bees. Many people tell me that I am their main source of beekeeping information. That is very humbling. Over the last few years we have reached nearly 2 million people through our online videos, podcasts and beekeeping lessons. That's amazing.

I receive hundreds of phone calls and even more emails per month from beekeepers around the country seeking answers on what to do next with their hive. 

We are launching a new subscription service to the first 200 members. As an EAS Certified Master Beekeeper (2010) I want to help you navigate through your new hobby of beekeeping.

Starting May 1st, I will be offering a premiere beekeeping training opportunity to the first 200 people who subscribe. For less than $5 a week here's what you will receive as a team member:

MEMBERS ONLY ACCESS TO:
-  1 New Instructional Video Each Week.
-  Personal Email & Phone Mentorship With Me. You'll be a phone call away from    a certified master beekeeper.
-  Picture/Video Evaluation Of Your Hive When Needed. Send me a video and/or    pictures of what concerns you and I'll advise you on the next step to take.
-  Weekly Tips Of What You Should Be Doing With Your Bees.
-  Your Choice Of 1(one) Item From Our Membership Gifts List Below:    (After 6 months subscribed. Only shipped within US)
   - 1 Free class at our location per year (Does NOT Include Bee Institute)
   - 1 Free Winter-Bee-Kind
   - 1 Free Burns Bees Feeding System

Hurry! Sign Me Up Now Before The 200 Spots Are Taken.

Some Municipalities Requiring Beekeepers To Be Certified

Does your city, village, or municipality require you to be a CERTIFIED beekeeper before you can keep bees? We are having a LAST MINUTE to the rescue course just for you!! Maybe you did not know there were certain requirements in some cities or towns for beekeepers to be certified and now you've waited too long? We are having a special class just for you where you will receive certification that you have completed a beekeeping course with a Certified Master Beekeeper which you can attach to your city (or state's) registration paper. 
Minimum number of students required. Sign up now. This class is good for any beginner, even if you don't need certified. Sat., May 7.

Why Is There A Bunch Of Bees On The Side Of My Hive?

What's going on with all those bees plastered on the outside of your hive? Well, if it's not hot and humid it might mean that your colony did, will or is thinking about swarming. Yikes! Sometimes the queen lands there with her swarm. Sometimes afterswarms, or in other words, a swarm after the main swarm will land out there with a virgin queen. What should you do? You should inspect your hive to see if you still have your queen. Are there queen cells? Usually if you just wait a few days, things will return to normal.

These classes were very popular last year!  Come and spend 4 hours in hives and learn from certified master beekeeper, David Burns. Ask questions and learn how to manage your colony. We still have room for a few more.

Queens For Sale

We are excited to be offering queens in a few weeks. Our fingers are crossed that we'll have queens the first week of May. We will place them online for sale and ship them out weekly. So keep an eye on our main website at: www.honeybeesonline.com

SWARM RETRIEVAL: CAN YOU REALLY DO IT? 

Here's how it goes down. You get a call from a stranger that hears you are a beekeeper. "I've got thousands of bees hanging on a branch on my tree. My children are afraid to go outside. Can you come get them?"

1. Ask the caller to send you a picture so you can make sure they are not wasps
    or yellow jackets.
2. Take a small 5 frame nuc, protective gear and head out.
3. Keep in mind that the swarm may be gone by time you arrive.
4. Upon arrival determine how you will shake the branch so the bees will fall 
    into your empty hive.
5. Give it two strong shakes. Bees fall into the hive and you can place the top 
    partially back on top, allowing bees to gather inside. 
6. Once most of the bees are in, screen off the opening and head home.
7. After three or four days inspect the nuc for the presence of the queen. If 
    she's not there, raise one or order one.
8. Good job!

SWARM RETRIEVAL DON'TS

1.  Don't stand on strange things or climb dangerously into trees. It's not worth
     getting injured.
2.  Don't leave without getting a picture. No reason to chase yellow jackets.
3.  Don't expect it to go fast. Sometimes when you shake the branch lots of 
     bees will fly back up on to the branch. You may have to spend an hour 
     shaking bees out of trees.
4.  Don't miss this opportunity to teach your audience about the necessity of 
     honey bees.

David and Sheri Burns
www.honeybeesonline.com
217-427-2678
Fairmount, IL in central Illinois
Here's Directions

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Hello from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms. We are David and Sheri Burns and we are giving away some cool beekeeping things on our Facebook page. We've given away a smoker, T-shirt and hive tool, a 5 frame nuc and more. 

To win, just like, comment and share our Facebook page.

We are also giving away another 5 frame nuc from our  Beekeeping video blog (Vlog). Watch this video and subscribe and comment that you want the nuc and you could win a nuc (bees not included). It's just our way of saying thank you to our great customers who follow us online. 

We'll be presenting our 4th Basic Beekeeping course of the year this coming Friday (sold out) and our first Spring Management class is coming up this Saturday (sold out). We are looking forward to both classes and with spring right around the corner our new Spring Management course will be just in time to learn what to do for your hives that survived the winter.

We have lots of classes still to come with openings for the year:

Our advance beekeeping class will take beginners to a new understanding of management techniques and how to better control pests and diseases.
Probably the best queens are the queens you will raise. You'll save time and money and have stronger hives when you have queens on hand that you have raised.
Some beekeepers start keeping bees and then take a class. If you didn't get signed up in time for our earlier Beginners Courses, this one is for you.
Everything you ever wanted to know, hear and see about bees. 2 Spots left.
Very popular last year!  Come and spend 4 hours in hives and learn from certified master beekeeper David Burns. Ask questions and learn how to work and manipulate a hive.

Starting with 2 hives is better than one. There is an old saying that two is one and one is none. Starting with 2 hives gives you more resources to share between hives to keep both strong. We still have Freedom Kits with bees, but these are selling out fast.

Click Here for details. And also check out all the various kits we still have available for the 2016 bee season.

Remember our hives are built right in central Illinois. Thank you for supporting our family business... old fashion hard work!

Almost Daily YouTube Videos Have Started!

On January 1st I started producing my almost daily Vlog. A Vlog is a video blog.

I have produced some on how to feed bees, propolis, beekeeping vocabulary, comb honey, honey and more.

Subscribers are growing and I am hoping to reach 50,000 subscribers by the end of the year. Please introduce our channel to your friends.

Check out my recent one below on how to make comb honey. Please subscriber afterward. We are almost at 5,400 subscribers now.


Feed Your Bees The Right Way This Spring
Burns Bees Feeding System
Leave it up to our EAS certified master beekeeper, David Burns to create an awesome feeding system. Several years ago he nailed it with our Winter-Bee-Kinds and last year he nailed the perfect spring and fall feeding system. Our Burns Bees Feeding System. He has continued to modify it over the last year. The jar holes now are both in the middle rather than side by side as in the picture. We have sold a bunch of these. It's a great way to feed your bees in the spring and fall.

The feeding ports are screened to keep the bees from flying out when you add more sugar water and patties. Get yours in time for spring. It is especially good when installing new packages. It's essential to strengthen your fall colonies for winter.

Be sure and give us a call, and get started in beekeeping today! We are looking forward to hearing from you for all your beekeeping needs. Thank you.

www.honeybeesonline.com
217-427-2678

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Don't Get Too Excited About The Warm Weather www.honeybeesonline.com 217-427-2678

We are David and Sheri Burns here at Long Lane Honey Bee Farms. You've seen us online at: www.honeybeesonline.com

Hey, before you get too excited about the upcoming warm up outside, it may not be as good for the hives as you might think. I'll tell you why, but before I do, I have a few things to share.

Our YouTube almost daily Vlogs have been a huge hit. People from around the US and around the world are enjoying them everyday. In one of my vlogs I talked about different flavored honey and why honey is different colors and why and how it crystallizes. It is a fun video and in that video I mentioned that I am giving away a Long Lane Honey Bee T-Shirt like the one I am wearing above.

Here's how we are picking the winner. If you go to that particular video vlog and subscribe and leave a comment letting us know you want the shirt, we'll randomly select a winner in a few weeks. So watch that video and subscribe and leave us a comment that you'd like to try and enter the drawing for the shirt. Here's the video:

If the video above didn't play right, here's the link: https://youtu.be/eeGwskCy_X4

OUR BEE KITS ARE STILL AVAILABLE BUT GOING FAST

We still have hive kits that include a package of bees with a mated queen. But they are going very fast and we have less than 80 kits that include packages of bees available. If you are considering getting started in beekeeping and sitting on the fence, get off the fence and jump in with both feet.

Once we run out of bees with our kits, we recommend you buy our kits and find packages from other places. But they are selling out fast. I do not want you to be disappointed from procrastinating. 

Our most popular kits are:


Nearly a decade ago we started building and selling hives. Our completely assembled and painted hive is still a big seller. Comes with frames and foundations. Ready to be placed in your yard or field. Check it out today.

And if you want me to put my special touch to your hive, check out my David's Ultimate Wish List Hive. Comes with scored inside walls, extra wax added to frames, beetle traps and green drone comb traps. 

Hey women, we've got a beautiful hive tool just for you. It's pink! Ok fellows, if you want a pink one you can buy one too. A Pink Hive Tool. 

And we brought back our popular Busy Bee Special  
ONLINE SPECIAL ONLY! INCLUDES SHIPPING COSTS 
How much easier can it get? We know you're busy and maybe you've been confused by what you need. Our Busy Bee special takes all the stress out of getting started in beekeeping providing you with a completely assembled and painted hive, and a 3 pound package of bees with a mated queen. The hive (Woodenware) is shipped soon after you place your order, but the bees must be picked up at our farm in central Illinois in May (see below for more info). Our complete hive comes with: 1 screen bottom board, two deep hive bodies(each hive body contains 10 wooden frames with foundation, beeswax coated and one medium super containing 10 wooden frames with foundation bees wax coated, one inner cover, one telescoping top cover with metal covering and a front entrance reducer. The box corners are rabbet joint corners. Also includes one feeder (styles vary).
PACKAGE BEE INFORMATION: This kit couldn't get any easier.  You receive the hive at your house, then you come to the Training Center at LONG LANE HONEY BEE FARMS to pick up your bees.  The estimated date for pick up is May 7/8 from 9 - 3 in Fairmount, IL.  You will receive an email with detailed information, so you must register here with a valid email and check it to read all information.  While we will do our best to hit the targeted date, and keep you informed if it changes, it is your responsibility to put the date on your calendar. We suggest taking a beekeeping course so you understand how to hive, maintain, inspect, and feed your bees, as well as understanding overwintering conditions and pests and diseases. We also suggest a minimum of a hat with veil, hive tool and smoker to complete your set. Click on videos above for installation instructions. 
Our first beekeeping class of 2016 will take place this Saturday! We are working our fingers to the bone preparing for another great year of classes. I'll be doing some filming for upcoming vlogs too. We have some special hive kits available for class students. Take a class, buy our student kits and save a buck! If you are coming to our class and still need a hive and some bees, call Sheri for the special deal. 217-427-2678. Check out all of our classes.

DON'T GET TOO EXCITED ABOUT THE WARM WEATHER

I've seen the forecasts and it looks like a warm weekend here in Illinois and maybe where you live too. This would be great if there were nectar sources available but there is nothing out there. This would be great too, if it remained warm the rest of the year. Here in Illinois it will get very cold again. 

Bees will break cluster, eat more and feed the queen more which means there will be more larvae that will require much more food in a few weeks when it might be very cold again. I like to feed my bees liquids if they can fly. While it will be warm, it is predicted to be very windy here so I am not going to feed them liquids in fear that the winds will hold them in the hive.

For those of you who have wrapped your hives with insulation, I would recommend you remove the insulated wraps on sunny days above 40 degrees (f). Insulated wraps can block the warm sun from warming the hive. If you used roofing paper to wrap your hive, the warmth will penetrate through the paper, not need to remove it. But when temps drop below freezing, be sure to wrap them back up.

A mild winter means that bees consume more food and transfer more food to each other which  means viruses spread more when the bees feed each other. I'd rather see a cold winter where temps remain from 15-30 degrees (f) until March and then an early spring. That would be perfect.

The main thing to remember is continue to feed  your bees until you have a good source of nectar in the spring. The bees need your help over the next 8 weeks. This is the time weak hives begin to die no matter how warm it gets.

Someone said they read that it is good to keep water in the hive in the winter. WRONG! They have plenty of moisture in the hive in the winter. Do not add any. We work hard to reduce moisture in the winter time. Healthy colonies do a great job at keeping the moisture where they want it.

Be sure and spread the word and try and get your friends and relatives into beekeeping. We need more beekeepers to increase the number of hives in America for pollinating our fruits and vegetables. Thank you for sending them our way!

As always, thank you for doing business with us. We appreciate it.

David and Sheri Burns
www.honeybeesonline.com
217-427-2678