Wednesday, October 11, 2017

From Our Family To Yours

From our family to yours we'd like to thank you for being a loyal customer and supporter 
 of our small, family beekeeping business.  We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and it's hard to believe we've been in the beekeeping business for 11 years. Over the last decade it has been so rewarding meeting so many great people and introducing so many people into beekeeping. We appreciate you being our customer and we are looking forward to serving you for years to come.

We still have several open spots for our beginners beekeeping class this Saturday from 1pm-6pm at our training center here in central Illinois. We are located between Champaign and Danville Illinois about 5 miles south of interstate 74. Click here to sign up now. This is our last beginners class until next February.

Are You Aware Of My Mentorship Program?

This fall and through the winter I'll be covering these topics for beeteam6 members only. Click here to join now 
October - Challenges of fall and winter preparation

November - How to raise your own queens
                   - Equipment & skills required
                   - Step by step instructions on how to raise quality queens
                   - How to select better stock

December  - How to make cool products from the hive
                   - Candles & gift baskets
                   - Making old fashion soap with beeswax
                   - How to make honey mead
                   - Lip balm and propolis tinctures

January - Cooking with honey
              - Cleaning and repairing equipment for spring
              - How to paint, seal or stain your hives. What's natural?
              - How to prepare a beekeeping presentation
                for civic groups and young children

February - Hive comparison: 10 Frame vs 8 frame hives
                - What's a top bar hive and how does it work?
                - Pros and cons of a Warre Hive
                - Evaluation of a Flow-Hive

March - Swarm prevention and management techniques
            - Making splits, when and how early
            - Pros and cons of local bee clubs
            - The spring beekeeping calendar

Spend the cold winter months learning how to be a better beekeeper through my mentorship programs. Spots are open.  Click here to learn how to join.

Our Winter Bee Kinds ARE NOT SOLD OUT YET!!
Many people are worried we are sold out. We are not. Don't delay ordering your Winter-Bee-Kind. Our winter-bee-kinds are placed on top of your hive, candy side down. The candy contains proteins and carbohydrates as a winter food source for your bees. It also allows bees to take cleansing flights through a top entrance. And a sheet of insulation below the candy reduces moisture in winter hive. Comes with a recipe so you can refill it yourself. Orders are pouring in so don't wait too long. Make sure your bees have adequate food for winter by placing our Winter Bee Kind on your hive if for no other reason than insurance that they won't starve! Available for 10 frame, and 8 frame hives. We will start shipping these in November provided the weather is cool enough to ship.


The Burns Bees Feeding System
Frustrated by the limitations of feeding my colonies in the fall, I invented and created a simple feeding system. It's been enjoyed by beekeepers now for several years. I use it to feed my bees in the fall so they will build up fall brood for winter survival. This feeding system provides screens to keep your bees down while you change out your feeding jars and add pollen patties. Here in Illinois our bees must now eat their own food for 70 days even before winter arrives!  That's over two months. There is nothing for the bees to forage on. Try out our Burns Bees Feeding System and help your bees maintain the nutrition they need this winter. Click Here For More Info

* * * * * FREE CLASS * * * * *
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 did you know there are other medicinal uses for honey?

Registration is required.  Seating is limited. 

This class will take place this year on Sat., Oct 29 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Not just for beekeepers but for anyone who enjoys honey (age 12 and up).

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.



Beekeeping Podcast Today At 1:30 Central Time
At 1:30 pm central time today join David Burns and Jon Zawislak for HIVE TALK! Join them every Wednesday at 1:30. Set your alarm to join them. You can call in and even ask your question! 

David and Jon will be talking about the details in raising queens.  Join two EAS certified master beekeepers and listen to them gab about bees, mostly. You can make Hive Talk more interesting by calling in and asking questions live, or by logging in on your computer and texting us your question. Here's how:

The number to call is:
1-724-444-7444.

http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/129777
Set your alarm and your smart phones. 

If you missed us live, listen to the recorded episode on iTunes by clicking here.

Give us a call at 217-427-2678
or visit our website at: www.honeybeesonline.com

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Winter Wrapping, Fall & Winter Feeding, And Hive Talk Today At 1:30 CT

We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and Ho
neybeesonline.com. We love beekeeping and helping to introduce and train beekeepers. We are now working on our class schedule and pricing on packages and queens for 2018.

Let me encourage you to help a special someone in your life get started in beekeeping by giving them a hive as a Christmas present! Visit our website for hive kits by clicking here.

We know you have many other options for purchasing your beekeeping equipment so we appreciate your support of a small family business.

Are You Preparing For Winter? Watch My Videos Below:




WINTER-BEE-KINDS
Our Winter Bee Kinds Are Being Ordered Again All Across The Country
Don't delay ordering your Winter-Bee-Kind. Once again orders are pouring in so don't get left out. Make sure your bees have adequate food for winter by placing our Winter Bee Kind on your hive if for no other reason than insurance that they won't starve! Available for 10 frame, and 8 frame hives.




Beekeeping Podcast Today At 1:30 Central Time
At 1:30 pm central time today join David Burns and Jon Zawislak for HIVE TALK! Join them every Wednesday at 1:30. Set your alarm to join them. You can call in and even ask your question! 

David and Jon will be talking about the importance of knowing how to raise your own queens.  Join two EAS certified master beekeepers and listen to them gab about bees, mostly. You can make Hive Talk more interesting by calling in and asking questions live, or by logging in on your computer and texting us your question. Here's how:
The number to call is:
1-724-444-7444.

http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/129777
Set your alarm and your smart phones. 

If you missed us live, listen to the recorded episode on iTunes by clicking here.

Thank You!
We are 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
www.honeybeesonline.com

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hive Talk Beekeeping Podcast at 3:30 Today Central Time

HIVE TALK IS AT 3:30 pm today, not 1:30 pm. Jon Zawislak and David Burns had to adjust their schedules today so Hive Talk is at 3:30pm central time. They will be talking about honey bee nutrition.  Join two EAS certified master beekeepers and listen to them gab about bees, mostly. You can make Hive Talk more interesting by calling in and asking questions live, or by logging in on your computer and texting us your question. Here's how:
The number to call is:
1-724-444-7444.

When you call in you'll be asked to enter our SHOW ID which is: 129777 followed by the # sign. Then the automated system will ask you for your Pin number which is 1 followed by the # sign. At that point, you'll be on the show with us so you can ask your questions. So you don't have to worry about keeping your kids or dogs quiet. You will be muted unless you press * 8 on your phone and that will allow us to unmute you so you can ask your question. Call in around 10 minutes prior to broadcast, at 3:30 p.m. central time.  If you want to just listen from your computer, go to: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/129777
Set your alarm and your smart phones. 

If you missed us live, listen to the recorded episode on iTunes by clicking here.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and Honeybeesonline.com. As always thank you for supporting a small family beekeeping business. We know you have other options but small family businesses are becoming harder to find. We enjoy making friends with our customers and helping people enjoy beekeeping. 

Join David and Jon today at 1:30pm Central Time on Hive Talk TODAY!!, a popular beekeeping podcast. Join them live either by phone or computer. Call in to ask your questions. The number to call is: 1-724-444-7444. 

When you call in you'll be asked to enter our SHOW ID which is: 129777 followed by the # sign. The automated system will ask you for your Pin number which is 1 followed by the # sign. At that point, you'll be on the show with Jon and David so you can ask your questions. You will be muted unless you press * 8 on your phone and that will allow them to unmute you so you can ask your question. Call in around 10 minutes prior to broadcast, at 1:20 p.m. central time today. If you want to just listen from your computer, go to: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/129777
If you use a smart phone you can add the Podcast App and have our shows sent to your mobile device every time we produce a new one. Just go to iTunes and search for Hive Talk, scroll down to podcast and you'll find us there.
Fall is only 16 days away, and that's hard to believe. For us fall means beautiful trees changing colors, pumpkin pies and Thanksgiving. But for our honey bees it means an end to incoming nectar and pollen for months.

Experienced beekeepers know how to get hives ready for winter. But if you are new to beekeeping you may be scratching your head about how much to feed, how to rearrange frames, wrapping hives for winter, how to feed in the winter, ventilation and more! It's confusing.

Fall offers several weeks to feed your bees to help your bees prepare for winter. Bees can quickly consume stored resources during the fall and have nothing left for winter. Why not feed your bees now with our Fall Feeding System. Watch the video below and then order your Burns Bees Feeding System now for fall feeding by clicking here.


Whether you feed your bees in the fall it is essential to feed your bees in the winter. We are once again taking orders NOW for our Winter-Bee-Kind feeding boards for winter. Please place your orders now as we will begin shipping sometime in November when the weather is cooler.  Click here to order now. 

Basic Beginners Beekeeping Class Oct. 14th.
We Still Have Openings

Beekeeping is not as easy as people say. Maybe you think you can buy some bees, dump them into a hive, watch a few YouTube videos and everything else is magic. Sorry to pop your bubble but if this is you chances are high that your hive may die. Why not arm yourself with knowledge. Knowledge is powerful and knowing more about how to keep bees will give you an edge to have more success and enjoyment from your new hobby.

Our last class for 2017 still has openings!  It will be held Saturday Oct. 14. Sign up now! Learn from beekeeper, David Burns, who is a Certified Master Beekeeper through the Eastern Apicultural Society of North America.

Christmas Is Only 110 Days Away!
Many people started beekeeping because they received a beehive as a Christmas gift. What a surprise! It's the gift that brings enjoyment, education and even honey. Consider beekeeping as the perfect Christmas gift. 


When deciding on which kit is best, starting with two hives always gives the beekeeper a better start. You can balance out your two hives by sharing resources between each hive. If one hive needs a frame of pollen, you can share one from the stronger hive.

If one hive loses their queen and fails to raise a new one, you can share a frame of eggs from the strong hive.  This is our popular selling Freedom Kit. Put this kit under the tree as a gift for that special someone in your life. Really surprise them!


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

Monday, August 7, 2017

Take The Right Steps Now For Winter Prep

We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and Honeybeesonline.com. Have you seen the big write up on our family business in the August edition of the American Bee Journal? They wrote a 6 page article!!

This beekeeping journal has been around since 1861. If you'd like to subscribe to this monthly magazine contact: info@americanbeejournal.com

Start Now To Get Your Bees Ready For Winter
This is our popular class on how to get your bees through the winter. 
Register Now! We are located in east central Illinois. Take the trip and take a class with us on how to get your bees through the winter. You need to start making winter preparations as early as August.

"Get Your Bees Through The Winter" August 18 1:00am- 6pm  Price: $69
20 seats are taken but we still have a few more spots available! 

Secure your seat now by clicking here to reserve your spot with a credit card.  It may be summer but so many beekeepers lose their hives in the winter. Don't become another sad statistic. 

Last Beginners Class For The Year Oct. 14, 1pm-6pm. Almost full. Our basic classes are very thorough. You'll learn about basic honey bee anatomy, biology, bee stings, honey and other resources from the hive, common pests and diseases such as how to deal with varroa mites, hive equipment and how to use each piece, seasonal management, how to harvest honey, how bees make honey, wax, and what they do with propolis.  This class will inform you of the important role honey bees play in pollinating our food and how honey bees are vital to a self-sustainable lifestyle. Learn from EAS Certified Master Beekeeper David Burns as he guides you through the entire process of keeping honey bees. He'll show you how to install a package of bees, how to inspect a hive, what to look for and how to manage your colonies for maximum honey production. (Check on legal issues, registration and permits through your local town board, and your state Department of Agriculture). 

Winter-Bee-Kind Winter Feeding System For Sale Now!
Our WINTER-BEE-KIND insulates the top, provides upper ventilation and comes filled with carbohydrates and protein for the bees to eat should they need it during the winter. Each candy board also has protein embedded into the candy sugar to give the bees the protein they need in their feed as well. This WINTER-BEE-KIND board insulates, ventilates and feeds your bees as a single unit. This is an emergency winter feeding solution, that should only be used when it's too cold for bees to continue flying, which is typically when daytime temperatures are consistently below 50 degrees.

We use a special insulation that is backed with a thin layer of metal to help reduce condensation in the hive. It has a special upper vent which also serves as an exit and entrance for bees(increases cleansing flights) as well as a place to help excess condensation escape. The WINTER-BEE-KIND also comes with a recipe on how to make our candy so that you can refill your candy section when needed, usually about once a month, depending on how much honey is in the hive.

Order now! We begin shipping around November 1st (not on) and only when the weather is cool enough to ship. Click here to order now.

Easter Apicultural Society 2017 Was Great!
My week in Newark, Delaware at the Eastern Apicultural Society conference was great. It was so fun seeing old friends and teaching new beekeepers. I enjoyed teaching three classes and testing new Master Beekeeper candidates. It is so awesome to observe how hard they work and prepare for three grueling days of testing to try to become certified master beekeepers. I encourage all beekeepers to make next year's EAS conference:

AUGUST 13-17, 2018
HAMPTON ROADS CONVENTION CENTER
1610 COLISEUM DR, HAMPTON, VA

FEED IN LATE SUMMER AND FALL
It is essential that we feed bees in late summer and fall. Don't trust fall nectar flows. Our feeding board is perfect for fall and spring. Holes are lined with screen to make changing jars easy. Feeding your hive will speed up drawing comb.

Our Burns Bees Feeding Systems have been a huge hit over the last three years. They are available for 10 or 8 frame hives, even 5 frame nucs. Order now.



Start With Two Hives For Next Spring

There's an old saying that says 2 is one and one is none. Applied to beekeeping this could mean that if you have two hives but you lose one you still have one. But if you start with one and lose it, you have none. Starting with two hives allows you to equalize your hives and even swap resources between hives as needed. We offer our popular Freedom Kit, 2 hive kit. Check it out now.

Your Bees May Do Some Strange Things This Fall. I Noticed Pollen Piled Up Under My Hive Already. Do You Know What Causes This?
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. Read more...



Queens! 
Our next batch of queens will be available to be shipped out on August 15-16. This may be the last month we will have queens available. Check out availability at our queen center.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Fast Answers From David

Happy 4th of July!!  We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and Honeybeesonline.com. It's summer! It's great seeing bees making all that honey for us. They are such hard workers. 

We have 3 openings for this Saturday's DAY IN THE APIARY class with David July 8th 8:30am-11am central time. Come and spend time in the bee yard with David, learning how to work hives and listen to a certified master beekeeper explain what he sees during an inspection. Click here to sign up.

Classes still open for the year are:

Beginners Class Oct. 14th 1-6pm Only 4 Spots Still Open


Join Now And Let Me Help You Prepare For Winter
Knowing how to prepare your hive for winter is critical and tricky.  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 in 2018, why not have the extra peace of mind by having someone you can consult. JOIN NOW 5 Spots are now open. 
 

Join Me In St. Louis July 22, 2017
I'll be giving an all day workshop at the Three Rivers Beekeeping Association on Saturday July 22. You can sign up now! Just visit their website and sign up now.
I'll cover bee biology, swarm control, genetics, honey production, over wintering techniques, and pests and diseases. It will be held at the Extension center in St. Peters, Mo. 

Join Me In Delaware July 31-August 4th. 

Join Me At the University of Delaware in Newark, De., July 31-August 4th. I'll be giving several talks throughout the conference. Click here to register now. Every beekeeper should attend an EAS conference. Rub elbows with the leading scientist in beekeeping. Hear the results from the newest studies, talk with vendors and more!

Fast Answers From David
A: Is it too late to split now? Q:Yes
A:Is it a good idea to go into winter with a new queen? Q:Absolutely
A:How do I control small hive beetles? Q:Beetle traps and strong colonies.
A:How do I know when to harvest my honey? Q: Watch my video
A:What should I do about mites?  Q: Watch my video
A:If I live in the north should I leave a full super on for winter? Q:Yes
A:When should I reduce the entrance? Q:Before the first frost.
A:How should I store my honey supers? Q:Freeze them first then store open in an area free of mice and insects.
A:Should I place my extracted (wet) supers in my bee yard for the bees to clean up?
Q:NO!!!!!  They attract small hive beetles and robber bees to your hives.
A:Why aren't you making as many beekeeping videos as you use to? Q:My efforts go into making 1 video a week for those who are in my mentorship program.
A:Why are my bees more aggressive now? Q:It's hotter, there is more brood and honey to protect and there are more bees. Suit up and use more smoke.
A:Can my bees be mite free? Q: Nearly impossible.
A:How can I speed up getting foundation drawn out? Q:Melt wax and brush it on the foundation. Watch my video.

If you can, start with two hives. 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 on this 4th of July and gear up for 2018! Click here now.

How Do I Buy Queens?

We are selling queens every week. We place them online as soon as they available each week. They quickly sell out, so watch our queen product page for availability. 

See you next time,
David and Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
www.honeybeesonline.com
We open again July 5th 10am-4:30pm central time.
217-427-2678


Sunday, June 18, 2017

We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and Honeybeesonline.com. We are located in East Central Illinois 40 miles west of Champaign/Urbana. Now that we are deep into the beekeeping season the biggest challenge is to ensure you have a strong queen. It's amazing how often queen die or disappear? Maybe your hive is trying to replace their queen by raising a new one but it is just now working. Sometimes queens just need replaced.

Here are several reasons why you may want to replace your queen. She's getting old. When a queen is older than 2 or 3 years, there is a risk that she may stop laying during winter. Many beekeeper inspect their colonies late winter and find they need a queen. But, it is almost impossible to find a queen that early in the year. To make sure you have a healthy queen through the winter, replace your queen in June or July. Now is the time! Replacing a queen can also create a break in the brood cycle thus reducing mites. And you need a large number of new bees in the fall to be your winter bees. Can you trust your old queen to get the job done?

Beekeepers can accidentally kill the queen while removing honey supers. Do not assume you have a good laying queen. Make sure and if you cannot find your queen, order your queen today. We have a limited number of queens available this week. They are available online now. Click here to order now. Or if you want to pick up a queen instead of having her shipped, call us on Tuesday after 10am central time. We are shipping queens on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.

We still have a few spots left in our queen rearing class this Thursday.Click here for more information.

Why Not Support Northern Queens Produced From Strong Colonies
I'm excited about offering our queens for sale again this year, 2017. As you know I am very particular about providing quality queens. I've put together my "QUEEN DREAM TEAM" consisting of three of us that will be raising queens for 2017. Myself and two other highly respected and experienced beekeepers are working hard raising queens. CLICK HERE. Or call in during business hours, Tues - Thur. 10-4:30 central time. 217-427-2678
The queens that we sell are not a specific "race" but rather queens that have been raised from selected northern colonies that we are proud of. Our queens are raised here in Illinois. As producers we are in compliance with the Illinois Department of Agricultural's rules and regulation regarding raising queens. All hives from which we are raising queens have passed inspection for 2017.


Having a honey super when you need it means your bees can continue working making your as much honey as possible. If you remove a super to harvest be sure to place another super in it's place for maximum honey production. Order your super now.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Queen Class & Queens Available Now

We Have Queens Available & An Addition Queen Rearing Class
Sheri is in Ireland enjoying a much deserved break. Any beekeepers in Ireland?? Sheri is enjoy looking at castles and museums and traveling around and enjoying all the beautiful sights. Stay on the left side of the road Sheri! 

We are finally excited to have a large number of queens available every week starting now!! If you are making a split or your queen just isn't doing very good, get a new queen. Do not put up with a sluggish queen. Maybe your queen never has done well all year. As we get deeper into the bee season it's important to have strong population. Don't let a failing queen deplete your population.



If you are making splits or your queen failed during the winter, get a new queen this week!

Click here to order a queen to be shipped today or tomorrow (May 31 or June 1st). Ships overnight. Look through the options to purchase 1,2,3 or 4 queens to save shipping.

If you are making splits or your queen failed during the winter, get a new queen this week! Or maybe you better make that split before they swarm. A new queen is just what you need for your split. These are queens from northern hives here in Illinois.

Thank you for your interest in my queens. I'm excited about offering our queens for sale again this year, 2017. As you know I am very particular about providing quality queens. I've put together my "QUEEN DREAM TEAM" consisting of three of us that will be raising queens for 2017. Myself and two other highly respected and experienced beekeepers are working hard raising queens that ARE AVAILABLE NOW.

The queens that we sell are not a specific "race" but rather queens that have been raised from selected northern colonies that we are proud of. Our queens are raised here in Illinois. As producers we are in compliance with the Illinois Department of Agricultural's rules and regulation regarding raising queens. All hives from which we are raising queens have passed inspection for 2017.

I have never been able to produce enough queens to keep up with the demands for our queens but 2017 looks promising with the help of my "Queen Dream Team".
You can order 1, 2, 3 or 4 at a time to save on shipping. Click Here To Order Your Queen Before We Sell Out!

QUEEN REARING CLASS

Our queen rearing course in June filled up so fast early in the winter and everyone has been begging for another class that we decided to offer an additional queen rearing class on Thursday June 22. This class already has 5 registered and we are only taking 7 more students. Every beekeeper can benefit greatly from learning to raise their own queens. With constant struggles with queenlessness and queens disappearing it's time to take the next step and start raising your own! It will be worth the investment. Join EAS certified master beekeeper and queen rearer David Burns for the whole day as he teaches you how to raise queens. Hurry, class is limited. This class will be held at our honey bee farm in central Illinois. Click here to register and for additional information.



Friday, May 19, 2017

Are You Nervous About What To Do Next?

We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms and Honeybeesonline.com. One year ago I started my beekeeping mentorship program known as BeeTeam6. Over the last year I have produced weekly video tips and a weekly newsletter that has gone out to BeeTeam6 members around the country. I have given assistance to beekeepers by phone, email and text. It's been so much fun for me and so helpful to the membership. I've decided to open it up to 25 more subscribers. 

Knowing what to do and when is the tricky part of beekeeping. Beekeepers are nervous until they gain sufficient skill and knowledge. Meanwhile, the beginner can make some tragic mistakes. This mentorship program provides you access to ask me questions by calling, emailing me or sending me a text. Once you join you'll receive my personal cell phone number and email. Let's face it, wouldn't it be nice to have a certified master beekeeper just a phone call away to help you make a decision on what to do next?  Plus you receive a weekly tip and a weekly instructional beekeeping video. Even if you are not keeping bees yet, you can gain the helpful education you need before you start. Or if you are a new beekeeper this year, why not have the extra peace of mind of having someone you can consult. I will only be taking 25 new members. There is just too much information online about beekeeping. Stay with one reliable source.

HOW LONG TO KEEP FEEDING??
If you started with a new package or a nuc this year keep feeding if they are still drawing out the wax on undrawn foundation.
Burns Bees Feeding System
If you have an overwintered hive that's doing great and you live in a nectar rich area, there is no need to feed your bees. Here in Illinois our bees will begin to go hungry in the middle of August. We have to feed our bees for good winter survival starting in three months. Here's the feeder I invented and really use a lot. I place it on top of the top box on a newly installed package, nuc or split. This feeder is my answer to getting my bees through the winter. I use it to heavily feed my bees in August, September and October.  It is very easy to fill because screens cover the holes which holds the bees down while you change your jars and add pollen patties.


A Captured Swarm May Leave Again
These tips may help:
1. Use drawn out foundation if available.
2. Feed from the top.
3. Move over a frame of open brood if available.
4. Reduce the entrance.

Remember, a swarm is attempting to move to a new nesting site and they may already have that location chosen. That's why swarms often leave again.

We Hope To Have Queens Available Soon
I'll be raising more queens this year. I am hoping to have queens available early June. I will be posting availability on my website: www.honeybeesonline.com so monitor that site.

We DO NOT take names for a waiting list. I simply placed available queens online for purchase as they become available. Thanks!







We Have Upcoming Classes Just For YOU!
We have been teaching classes all year and we have speciality classes with openings still coming up.

A Day In The Apiary With David. May 27th, 8:30-11:00 central time. This class is held almost exclusively in the bee yard with an emphasis on inspections, being able to identify the queen/drone/workers and the ability to identify problems, diseases and pests in the hive. Participants must wear appropriate protective clothing in the yard. Even if you are superman, you are required to wear long pants, closed toe shoes, and hat with veil (or beekeeping jacket/suit). We have 3 openings, so click here to sign up.

Additional Upcoming Classes For 2017


This class fills up fast and leaves people disappointed that we only offer one. Sign up now to learn tips on getting your bees through the winter. 

Even if you started keeping bees this year but didn't have time to take a class, now is your chance. Or maybe you are going to start keeping bees next spring. This class is perfect for you.
FREE SPECIALTY CLASS! Starting Your Own Bee Business. Sun. June 11, 2017 (1 - 3 pm) 
Thinking about starting your own business? Join Sheri Burns as we discuss the different kinds of bee businesses started, along with a short discussion on information all small businesses need to know. We'll touch on pros and cons of different kinds of honey and bee businesses and help you think about mission statements and business plans.  This class is from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Please seek the advice of your own legal counsel when starting your own business. Registration is required, seating is limited.  Adults only please. 

FREE SPECIALTY CLASS!! All You Ever Wanted to Know About Honey Workshop Oct 21, 2017 (1pm - 3pm) 
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 did you know there are other medicinal uses for honey? Registration is required.  Seating is limited.  This class will take place this year on Sat., Oct 29 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Not just for beekeepers but for anyone who enjoys honey (age 12 and up).
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David and Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
www.honeybeesonline.com