Thursday, April 5, 2018

Join David In A Hive

We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and Honeybeesonline.com. Spring has sprung! It's great seeing the bees flying out and foraging so early here in Illinois.

Many of you will need to make spring splits or else your colony is likely to swarm. Be sure and watch our videos below on making splits. If you are unsure of what you should do, be sure and sign up for our ONLINE SPRING MANAGEMENT COURSE by clicking here. You can take this course from your home, on your schedule. Take the course anytime! You'll receive a certificate upon completion. The course is made up of videos from certified master beekeeper, David Burns. David will walk you through how to make splits, when you SHOULD NOT reverse your bottom deep boxes, swarm control, how to keep your huge hive as one hive for more honey production, and more. Sign up now.


Some Of You Are Getting Started Brand New!! Watch My Videos Below:

Newest Video:
Old Paradigm of Beekeeping vs. New Paradigm





Your Hive Made It Through Winter, But Is Your Queen Good?
Now that your hive made it through winter the question is do you have a good queen? What if she died in the winter but you still have bees? Are you tired of buying new queens? Are you frustrated waiting on a queen to be shipped to you? Not to mention you don't know the traits of the queen you are getting. Will she lay well? Will her offspring make lots of honey?

The old paradigm was to just buy another queen. Now, the new paradigm is to raise your own queens. Wait! You can do it. Now you can take David's ONLINE QUEEN REARING COURSE from the convenience of your home, on your schedule, at your pace. Pause the videos and come back to them when you are ready.

Let this year be the year you discover the enjoyment of raising your own queens. One queen shipped to your door is $78. Take our online course for $59 and raise all the queens you need, for less than the price of one shipped queen. Maybe you could start your own queen business for extra income. This class is an essential investment for beekeepers!


Take All The Class You Want, But There's Nothing Like Going Through A Hive With A Certified Master Beekeeper
You've been to conferences. You've watched plenty of powerpoint presentations. You've listened to dry scientists recite their findings. But you aren't getting better at beekeeping. You need to be guided along an inspection with a certified master beekeeper. Join David in a hive. Let him walk you through what to look for, and enjoy David identifying various discoveries in the hive. Here's a list of days you can sign up and come to A Day In The Apiary With David. Choose your date below:



Do You Need A Hive For That Potential Swarm?
Hive

If you have bees, they may swarm. Have a hive ready to put them in. Fully painted, fully assembled, Amish built here in Illinois. American made! Order now.

2 Hives Are Better Than One

Starting with two hives has so many advantages. You can swap frames to balance your hives during the year. If a queen dies, just move a frame of eggs over from the other hive. Check out our Freedom Kit

Don't Waste Your Time Chasing After Ineffective Feeders
The old paradigm of beekeeping used entrance feeders which work well UNTIL it turns cold in the spring and bees cluster. With our Feeding System, the sugar and protein is placed above the cluster so they can consume the much needed spring food on cold spring days without breaking cluster.










Our Last Basic Beginners Class for 2018 Is Friday, April 13th
Come join EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, David Burns on Friday April 13th for his last basic class for the 2018 season. David will guide you through all the various opinions and wives tales and help you choose proven methods to be a successful beekeeper. Come and learn the new paradigm to beekeeping from David. There are still a few spots open! 8am -1pm, Friday April 13th Click here to sign up now for this onsite class at our Training Center. 

If you cannot make it to this class and you missed all the other basic classes we offer, take our Online Basic Beekeeping Course by clicking here.  Even if you've been keeping bees for awhile, you still need to get the fundamentals under your belt. 

I'll Show You How To Feed Dry Protein To Your Bees 


I've just produced a video showing many things such as a waggle dance, finding the queen, but I want you to observe how I feed my bees protein through pollen substitute powder in the open. Please subscribe to my beekeeping YouTube channel. I've been on YouTube producing Beekeeping videos since 2008! At the bottom right of each video you can subscribe. We now have over 12,000 subscribers with over 2.9 Million Views!!  

What Will You Do When Your Bees Don't Read The Same Books You Do?
There are so many books on beekeeping but bees do not always go by the book. Clubs are full of opinionated people but can you trust them? 

Let's face it, 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 you are having about your bees. Plus you receive a weekly tip and a weekly instructional beekeeping video. Even if you are not keeping bees yet, this is perfect to help you gain the education you need before you start. Or if you are starting this year, why not have the extra peace of mind by having someone you can consult.  SIGN UP TODAY!



I'm glad you are keeping bees or thinking about it. Thank you for supporting our family business for all your beekeeping needs.

Sincerely,

David and Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms







Monday, March 26, 2018

The Old Paradigm Is Hurting Beekeeping

Welcome to spring! We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and honeybeesonline.com. It's finally here. But just a few days after spring arrived we got hit with 6 inches of wet snow! Beekeepers throughout much of the US still have the threat of harsh weather that could cause colonies to perish so please continue feeding your bees. 

The old paradigm is hurting beekeeping. I just returned from home from being the keynote speaker at a beekeeping conference in Wisconsin where I was assigned the task of speaking on bee nutrition. There was an overwhelming response to my presentations. Beekeepers have been reporting huge losses in the winter. We often blame the winter, the bees or pesticides but this is unfair. Most colonies are lost from mistakes beekeepers are making follow the old paradigm of beekeeping. 

Information is being circulated on how to keep bees that's based on beekeeping practices prior to varroa, viruses and reduced foraging opportunities. It's time to shift this paradigm and stop listening to outdated information. Let me introduce you to the new paradigm of beekeeping based on proven science, not club folklore. Take my ONLINE BASIC BEEKEEPING COURSE and then follow it up with my SPRING MANAGEMENT COURSE. You'll be fascinated over these new concepts in beekeeping.

Spring is a crucial time for bees. Brood rearing has increased, requiring much more protein in the hive, but there is very little out there for the bees. We are now selling protein/pollen substitute powder to add to your sugar water. This is something I started doing a few years ago with amazing results. 

BEES NEED MORE THAN JUST SUGAR

I Started Adding Pollen/Protein Powder To My Sugar Water!  AND WOW!!!
A few years ago I started adding about 1 teaspoon of pollen substitute powder to my sugar water in the spring and fall, and wow what a difference it made with my hives. Studies show that bees need more than just sugar water. In fact, just sugar water can leave bees lacking the nutritional diet they need, just like a steady diet of cotton candy is not good for us!

We now sell the powder I use. Click here to order and start adding it to your sugar water.

DO YOU HAVE HIVES READY FOR YOUR SWARMS?

Don't wait until you catch a swarm to realize you don't have anywhere to put them. Customers often call with a swarm in a cardboard box asking us to rush ship a hive. Be proactive and have your equipment ready. Your overwintered colonies will likely swarm as soon as the weather turns nice. Why not be ready to catch your swarm and keep it rather than watch if fly off into the horizon, cutting down on your bee population and honey crop. 
Freedom Kit is our kit for the serious beekeeper...Read more
How Many Hives Should You Start With?  The average backyard hobbyist should always start with 2 or more. Why? With two hives, you can compare...Read More
How Close To The House Can I Put My Hives? This and 18 other questions are answered here...Read more
Bees Need More Than Just Sugar In The Spring
Our Spring Feeding System can help you feed your bees the needed nutrition they desperately need in the spring. 



David teaches this and many other techniques in his ONLINE SPRING MANAGEMENT COURSE. Be sure you know how to control swarming, catch a swarm, split your hives etc. Sign Up Today!

"Hi, I'm David Burns and I've spent the last decade discovering what is best for bees in the spring, the most crucial time for your beehive. I'd love to teach you what I know in my online Spring Management course! Don't make tragic mistakes like I did when I first started out. Learn from the comfort of your home, studying on your own time ,when it is convenient for you. What are you waiting for?"

Let's face it. You go to a beekeeping club meeting and listen to what everyone is saying and you hear a plethora of various opinions. Usually, the strongest personality wins. Whoever is the loudest, rudest or has the more dominating personality convinces the crowd. Beekeepers are gullible so they buy in to the person who seems to know what they are talking about. Yet, you go home after the meeting and start your own research and you find opposite views. 

Ask one question to 10 beekeepers and you get 11 answers, right? Not all of those 11 answers are wrong. This phenomenon worsens when newbies begins doing what experienced or commercial beekeepers recommend without the knowledge of how to do it. Let's face it, you are confused. Oxalic or formic? Crystals or dribble? Oxalic and glycerin on shop towels? Langstroth hive? Flow hive? Warre? Top bar? Plastic frames or real bees wax frames? Treat once in the spring and once in the fall?

Many people have joined my BeeTeam6 coaching program because they need ONE VOICE! 

Most colonies are lost from mistakes beekeepers are making follow the old paradigm of beekeeping. Information is being circulated on how to keep bees that's based on beekeeping prior to varroa, viruses and reduced foraging opportunities! It's time to shift this paradigm and stop listening to wrong information. Let me introduce you to the new paradigm of beekeeping based on proven science, not club chatter folklore. 

 Online Beekeeping Courses                  Beekeeping Mentorship

I'm glad you are keeping bees or thinking about it. Thank you for supporting our family business for all your beekeeping needs. If you are new to beekeeping or starting out in the spring, please take my ONLINE BASIC BEEKEEPING COURSE.  Start with a good foundation!

Sincerely,

David and Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
217-427-2678

New Spring 2018 Hours:
Monday 10am - 6pm 
Tuesday 10am - 3pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 3pm
Friday 9am - Noon
Saturday - Our store is also open on days when we have Saturday classes

Monday, March 5, 2018

Spring Is ONLY 15 Days Away! Are You Ready??

We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and Honeybeesonline.com. 

Spring is only 15 days away. Being prepare is essential. Do not be caught off guard. If you are not an experienced beekeeper I strongly recommend you take our Online Spring Management Course.  David has taught beekeeping courses for over a decade and is an EAS Certified Master Beekeeper. 

Here is what he will be covering in his Online Spring Management Course:

-How soon to inspect after winter?
-Feeding solutions in the spring
-How to make a walk away split
-David's best spring split method
-How to make splits without buying queens
-Swarm prevention techniques
-Split for more hives vs. not splitting for more honey
-Be aware of diseases more common in the spring
-Techniques to equalize hives in the spring
-Replenishing the bee yard with more packages vs nucs?
-How to collect pollen in the spring
-Is it okay to reuse old comb from a hive that perished?
-Tips on Finding Your Queen
-How to Install a new package of bees
-How to inspect your spring hive
-Seasonal management calendar
-Feeding Solutions for each season

You've worked hard to help your bees make it through the winter. Don't mess things up in the spring! Click here to sign up today.   Our online course means, no traveling expeses. Enjoy the course from the comfort of your own home. No juggling of schedules. Study the lessons/videos at your own pace when you want. And, receive 1 month of free mentoring/coaching through our BeeTeam6 program with EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, David Burns. You'll have 30 days to email David about any questions you might have. You will receive a certificate of completion once you complete the course.
 ".....he's saved me a couple of times! It's worth it to have someone to ask questions when there's conflicting info about how to deal with (bee) problems.  David is knowledgeable and there when I need answers quickly.  Thanks David!"   Kathy, Illinois
 
 "As a first year beekeeper the single most important thing I did besides take one of David's beginner beekeeping classes and read as many books as i could was to Join beeteam6.  Having a master beekeeper only a phone call away was extremely helpful when experiencing things for the first time as a new beekeeper.  David has been so helpful, patient and still pushes me to keep learning for myself as I continue to grow as a beekeeper with the support of beeteam6!!! Thanks Beeteam6!"    Todd H., Danville, Il

DEAL OF THE MONTH

BUSY BEE SPECIAL  
1 HIVE, 1 PKG BEES
$399  FREE SHIPPING

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
1 BEGINNER HIVE, 1 PKG BEES
$279 FREE SHIPPING

Limited number available order online or call us today 217-427-2678

Making Spring Splits Includes Making A 5 Frame Nuc
 Let's Get To Work! 

Having a 5 frame nuc to support your hive is a great help. This spring, you can take a few frames of brood and resources from a strong, overwintered colony and build up a 5 frame nuc. Use it to have resources to share with your large colony later in the season if needed. For example, if you lose your queen in your strong hive and they fail to replace her, just use the queen from your 5 frame support colony. Or if you need an extra frame of honey or capped brood to strengthen your hive, grab some from your 5 frame support nuc. Plus, this is a fun size to open and show relatives without having to open up a large hive.  Order one today. Bees NOT included.

A limited Number Of Spots Are Available 
Spring is going to bring lots of beekeeping questions to your mind. Why not have David to turn to for all your spring questions? David's Beekeeping Coaching program is known as Beeteam6.

 "I have found Bee Team 6 to be very beneficial, your "coaching" has been a big help to me and my little family. It has really brought the stress level way down for me. I'm a retired ARMY Veteran, and stress has been a big issue. You, Bee Team 6 and Beekeeping has played a "Huge" role, being therapy for me and helping to keep my mind occupied with something positive. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you and your family for helping with that."   William, Maine

David offers a special mentorship/coaching program called BeeTeam6 where you can call, email or text him your concerns or questions about your bees. Plus you receive a regular tip and a instructional beekeeping video. Even if you are not keeping bees yet, this is perfect to help you gain the education you need before you start. Or if you are starting this year, why not have the extra peace of mind by having someone you can consult. Sign Up Now.
 
Thank you for supporting our family beekeeping business. We appreciate being able to help you with all of your beekeeping needs. 

David and Sheri Burns
We are located in east central Illinois between Champaign and Danville, Illinois. 
Call us today: 217-427-2678 or visit us online at:
www.honeybeesonline.com
217-427-2678

Friday, February 16, 2018

Spring Is Only 32 Days Aways. Are You Ready?

We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and Honeybeesonline.com. We have some nice mild days for winter over the next week. This will be good for the bees. The first day of spring is only 32 days away!! That means the beekeeper must: 1) Prepare to make splits 2) Prepare to raise queens for those splits 3) Purchase extra hives for these splits or to catch swarms and the list goes on.

Here are some questions beekeepers face in the spring. How soon to inspect after winter? How do I feed my bees in the spring? How do I make a walk-away split?How do I make a split without buying a new queen? How do I prevent a swarm? Do I split for more hives or keep my hives as one hive for more honey? How do I do that? Will I be able to detect those nasty spring diseases? How do I equalize my hives that made it through the winter? Should I replaced my hives that died with packages or nucs? Is it okay to reuse old frames from hives that died? How do I inspect my hive in the spring? These questions and more are addressed in our ONLINE spring management course. Sign up today.
It would be sad for your hives to make it through winter but perish in the spring.

FREE SHIPPING For Our Busy Bee Special Kit
Last year many of new beekeepers didn't get to start because everyone sold out of bees in the winter. This year we are making a special EARLY BIRD OFFER, so that new beginners can secure a hive and a 3lb package of bees with a mated queen. This kit contains a starter hive which includes a screen bottom board, one deep hive body with 10 wooden frame and foundation, an inner cover and a top cover. This starter hive allows you to add additional boxes to your hive only when needed. Shipping of the hive (the woodenware) is free. Bees are NOT shipped and must be  PICK UP ONLY AT OUR TRAINING CENTER IN FAiRMOUNT IL 61841 est. to be 4/28/18. Click here for more info.

Varroa Destructor Mite Spreads Viruses
Honey bees now suffer from so many viruses that are likely spread when mites bite your honey bees. Some of these viruses do not take their toll on a colony until around February or March. All at once the colony begins to crash with plenty of honey in the comb. It's sad. Controlling mites must be started in the spring and continue until your last inspection in the fall. Check out my article on how to test for mites. Learn More 

Spring weather can be warm, then cold, nice, then snowy
The rapidly changing weather of spring can leave your bees starving for food. They start raising more brood, but a cold snap may hold them inside. Since they consumed most of their food in the winter, they can quickly starve on cold spring days. Make sure you have our Burns Bees Feeding System on your hive this spring. 

Available for 8 frames hives or 10 frames hives. Screen holds the bees down when you change your sugar jars and pollen patties. If you need more ventilation, just leave one hole open. 

On cold days and nights in the spring, the colony clusters high in the hive and is likely not to go down to entrance feeders. This feeder feeds the cluster.



Be Wise About Your Spring Feeding
Some people try to place an entrance feeder on top of the frames of a deep and surround it with a shell of a deep hive body and place a lid on it. This can work if all conditions are right, but the fact that you need to do this means that all conditions are not right. In other words, it is too cold for the bees to go down to the entrance feeder at the opening which means there is way too much heat loss. Heat escapes from the cluster up into the open shell of the hive body. Also the bees need more than just sugar, they also need pollen to keep building up.
So let me give the details the Burns Bees Feeding System. 

Your Bees May Do Some Strange Things. What Will You Do?
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 you are having about your bees. Plus you receive a weekly tip and a weekly instructional beekeeping video. Even if you are not keeping bees yet, this is perfect to help you gain the education you need before you start. Or if you are starting this year, why not have the extra peace of mind by having someone you can consult. 
 

Marking Your Queen
A marked queen is beneficial because it aids the beekeeper in identifying the queen more quickly, thus knowing where the queen is so as not to accidentally kill her. It also allows us to keep detailed records on a specific queen, particularly her age and performance. When making splits, the queen can get moved around, so by having her marked or numbered you'll always know the history of that particular queen no matter where you place her. In the past I would occasionally mark certain queens by picking them...READ MORE

Fastest Class To Sell Out Is Our Queen Rearing Course.

Every beekeeper can benefit from knowing how to raise their own queens. It's a pain to have to order a queen and hope she arrives when you need her. Why not learn how to raise your own queen. Raise one queen and you've made your money back for the cost of our online class. Our onsite queen rearing course for May 26th of this year is SOLD OUT. BUT, you can take our online Queen Rearing Course. It's the same course but you can take it from the comfort of your home, on your schedule and start and finish when you want. Click here to sign up today.



Friday, February 9, 2018

2 Spots Have Opened For Tomorrow's Beginners Class

We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms here in central Illinois. 

We are excited as tomorrow is our first onsite class for the 2018 year! Most students have pre-ordered their hives and will be picking them up tomorrow.

We had a couple that had to cancel from tomorrow's class due to illness, so we have two spots available. Click here to register. Class is from 1pm - 6pm for Basic Beekeeping. Our next two beginner classes are sold out so this is your chance to get into an early class.

And our store is open tomorrow and on other Saturdays when we have class! Drop in and and see us.

Other Classes:
Mar 2018

If you are too far away to enjoy our classroom classes consider taking a course through our Online Beekeeping Academy. 

We introduced our online academy a week ago and we have had a phenomenal response! These courses can be taken at your own pace, when you want, in the comfort of your home. Click the online course of your choice below.These ARE NOTWEBINARS. These are videos and worksheets from certified master beekeeper David Burns that are personally emailed to you. So you can enjoy learning by yourself when you want.

As a BONUS for signing up for an online course, receive 1 month of free mentoring/coaching through our BeeTeam6 beekeeping mentorship program with EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, David Burns. 10 days after signing up you will have 30 days to call David's personal cell phone, ask questions through email or text.

Honey Bees and The Solar Eclipse
It's cold and snowy in Illinois! But remember last summer when we had the solar eclipse and the sky became dark as night? I observed my bees, and was wondering what would happen. Well, to be honest...nothing. They slowed down their foraging a little, but as soon as it brightened up, they were back at it. Here's an interesting question: Why can bees stare at the sun but we have to wear special glasses? 

Here I'm with two of my three daughters, Jennifer (left) and Karee. We were sporting some cool shades last summer. Can't wait till summer time again. There's me and Christian to the right watching the eclipse.






I'm glad you are keeping bees or thinking about it. Thank you for supporting our family business for all your beekeeping needs.

Sincerely,

David and Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
217-427-2678

New 2018 Hours:
Monday 10am - 6pm 
Tuesday 10am - 3pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 3pm
Friday 9am - Noon
Saturday - Our store is also open on days when we have Saturday classes

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Choose Your Beekeeping Instructor Carefully




We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms here in central Illinois. Beekeepers around the country are working frantically to purchase hives and bees to expand their bee yards.

Don't be caught off guard. If you are new to beekeeping purchase your hives, bees and equipment NOW!

Taking a class is a huge advantage in becoming a successful beekeeper. Classes and beekeepers are popping up everywhere. Do you really know your instructor? There are some really great instructors and classes. Just make sure your instructor has a proven track record and beekeeping teaching experience. David is an EAS certified master beekeeper and has taught classes for over a decade. Check out our online classes. Here's a few of our upcoming on site classes:

Feb 2018
Mar 2018

If you are too far away to enjoy our classroom classes consider taking a course through our Online Beekeeping Academy. 

We introduced our online academy a week ago and we have had a phenomenal response! These courses can be taken at your own pace, when you want, in the comfort of your home. We are offering a $9 Pre-Order discount only through February 3rd just a few more days. Click the online course of your choice below.These ARE NOTWEBINARS. These are videos and worksheets from certified master beekeeper David Burns that are personally emailed to you. So you can enjoy learning by yourself when you want.

As a BONUS for signing up for an online course, receive 1 month of free mentoring/coaching through our BeeTeam6 beekeeping mentorship program with EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, David Burns. 10 days after signing up you will have 30 days to call David's personal cell phone, ask questions through email or text.





The Amazon Alexa/Echo was a phenomenal hit this past holiday season. If you were one of the millions of people that purchased one of these during the holiday season you can now listen to a daily beekeeping tip from certified master beekeeper David Burns. Just go to your Alexa skills and look for Beekeeping and add it to your daily flash briefing.


David will be speaking in several states this year. This month (February)Join him at the Arkansas Beekeeper's Association Spring Conference February 23-24. He'll be speaking along with his friend and fellow EAS master beekeeper Buddy May. It will be at Harding University Campus in Searcy, Arkansas. Click here for more information. 

Only 1 More Week Of Winter Bee Kinds
Winter Hives
This has been a great year for winter-bee-kinds. Again, the response was great and beekeepers are reporting such strong over wintered colonies. But, we are nearing the time when we will end production for the 2017 Winter. We will only be producing these for 1 more week for this season. Of course, we'll start again in the fall for next winter. Make sure you have the quantity you need to replace your winter-bee-kinds for this year. Do not let your bees starve. Order yours now!

We've never seen such an early surge of hive orders this early in the year! It's exciting to see such an interest in beekeeping. Now is a perfect time to make your choices and secure what you need.
Freedom Kit with bees is our kit for the serious beekeeper...Read more
How Many Hives Should You Start With?  The average backyard hobbyist should always start with 2 or more. Why? With two hives, you can compare...Read More
How Close To The House Can I Put My Hives? This and 18 other questions are answered here...Read more
I'm glad you are keeping bees or thinking about it. Thank you for supporting our family business for all your beekeeping needs.

Sincerely,

David and Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
217-427-2678

New 2018 Hours:
Monday 10am - 6pm 
Tuesday 10am - 3pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 3pm
Friday 9am - Noon
Saturday - Our store is also open on days when we have Saturday classes