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Hive Insight Is 2020 10 Tips For 2020

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

What will beekeeping be like in 2020? Many new approaches along with reiterating proven methods will help 2020 be one of the most successful years in beekeeping. 

Today I want to share my TOP 10 TIPS for beekeeping in 2020, what I call, "Hive Insight Is 2020".

1. Closely monitor your mite counts.
    - Test every 30 days.
    - Keep deligent test results and identify trends.
2. Feed your bees more aggressively and include protein.
3. Carefully monitor your queen to ensure an abundance of eggs.
4. Share resources between hives early in the year.
5. Gain additional education from a reliable source. 
6. Leave generous amounts of honey on the hive.
7. Demand excessive growth and build up in populations, especially in the fall to support bees of winter physiology. 
8. Keep diligent notes on each hive.
9. Feed heavily whenever there is not honey supers on.
10. Never throw in the towel.

Although bees can die in the winter from issues beyond our control and even after we did everything perfectly, most winter die offs can be traced back to preventable problems which reduced the overall health of the colony at some earlier point. 

Not everything is our fault. However, to move past a lack of success we do need to ask IF there is something we are doing wrong and IF something needs to be changed. 

Sometimes people bring me their dead hives and ask me to examine it and tell them why their bees died. But I don't need to look at the hive. I just need to ask them 5 basic questions:
1. Show me on paper how you charted your mite test counts through the year. 
2. What did you do to aggressively reduce mites and show me the data where this worked.
3. Did you inspect every two weeks for brood productivity and was it ever weak or failing? If so what did you do immediately to remedy the issue, such as replacing the queen?
4. Did you start feeding your bees 1:1 sugar water and protein immediately after the nectar flow slowed in late summer?
5. Did you provide continuous food via candy board with protein all winter?

No expert can look at a pile of dead bees and have any idea why they died. The underlying cause of a winter die off usually happened months ago and finally took its toll in the winter. By that time, unless exceptional notes were taken all year, the underlying cause is gone.

I'm going to step out on a limb and fall back on my decades of beekeeping experience and workings with thousands of beekeepers from across the country and give my top reason, in my opinion, why bees die in the winter.

Lack of education and skill sets to keep bees alive.

It doesn't matter if a beekeeper has 1,000 hives or has been doing it for 50 years. What matters is if a beekeeper really has the knowledge, education and skill sets needed to read a colony and to quickly identify issues as soon as they happen. As part of my Beekeeping Institute I would divide up the students in small groups and have 3 or 4 groups meticulously inspect the same colonies at different times and write up a full report. I would then have a spokesperson from each group give a report in front of the entire group on each hive. Never was a report the same. In fact, usually they were nowhere close. One would report no eggs spotted, while another group would say they spotted plenty of eggs from the same hive.

It is very difficult for a beekeeper to inspect their colony objectively with an open mind. New beekeepers, especially, will say things like, "I had lots of bees" or "I had lots of honey." Rarely will a beekeeper tell me that their fall larvae lacked adequate royal jelly in the base of cells, or that they had an abundance of nurse bees in the fall to support raising bees of winter physiology.  

We are inundated with beekeeping classes on every corner, but most are teaching basics, old paradigms expecting new results. This is 2020. It's time beekeepers enter into a new decade of beekeeping armed with an advance understanding of keeping bees alive by knowing how to read bees and how to immediately respond at the first sign of weakness or failure in a colony. 

Finally, so many people tell me that their mentor, who started them in beekeeping, really didn't know what they were doing. This is true of every hobby. There are people of various skill levels and sometimes the help and guidance is well intended, but lacking.

So consider by 10 Insights for 2020 above and step up your beekeeping game. 

Jon Zawislak and I will be speaking in St. Louis this Saturday, January 18th. Our presentations will be on: Nutrition through the Seasons, Controlling Pests and Diseases, Spring Management, Queen Rearing, Bee Genetics, and Swarm Biology. Sign up today as this conference is limited to 120 attendees. Click Here.

Gaining Hive Insight For 2020 Is A Must
Do Not Keep Settling For Less

BECOME A BETTER BEEKEEPER IN 2020

EAS Master Beekeepers David Burns & Jon Zawislak

(An Intermediate Course for Those With Experience in Beekeeping)

Three Rivers Beekeepers is offering an Intermediate Beekeeping Course on January 18th (8:30 am to 5:00 pm).  Come and advance your beekeeping skills learning tips and tricks from Master Beekeepers.
WHEN:   Saturday, January 18th (8:30 am to 5:00 pm)
WHERE:  University of Missouri Extension Center at 260 Brown Rd. in St. Peters, MO 63376
HOW:  Register Here
HOW MUCH: $50.00 per person (including Lunch)

Hive Sight Is 2020 Material - Starting February 1st
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In the spring of 2016 I started a mentorship beekeeping coaching program, inviting 200 people. It filled up so quickly. Starting Feb. 1, 2020 I'll be presenting my material known as, "Hive Insight Is 2020", providing you with how to get past your beekeeping limitations and advance into truly understanding how to best manage and succeed in beekeeping in 2020.

For less than $5 a week, beekeeper receive information, videos and access to me personally at any time. 

We have several openings and now would be a great time to join heading into spring and going through my material, "Hive Insight Is 2020".

12 Spots Are Now Open. Click here to Sign Up Now.

Are You Sure You Know What You Are Getting Into?
Sign up today and join EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, David Burns for a top notch beginners class. Our first Beginners class still has openings for February 1st. Presented at our training center located approximately 40 miles east of Champaign, Illinois. Click here today
 
If you prefer online courses taught by David from the comfort of your home, Check out our Online Beekeeping Academy. 

Our 5 Frame Nucs and Packages Are Available Now. Click here...

Newbee Kit


Here's our newest hive kit complete with package of bees. Available Now!

One deep hive body and a honey super with 10 frames and foundation, premium inner cover, metal covered top cover, one entrance reducer, and FREE ENTRANCE FEEDER (although we think you'll want to switch to the 3 Season Burns Bees feeding system). Great for the beginner to add more boxes to, or as a gift for the hobbyist in your life who wants to get started in beekeeping.
 
We suggest you add either our Equipment Kit Pack or to consider a smoker, hive tool, and protective gear. 
 
This kit comes with a 3 lb package of bees.  We can either ship your hive (not the bees) to you now, or you can arrange to pick it up for a discount, then come back in late April to pick up your package of bees.  Many of our customers sign up for a class and pick up all their needed items at the same time.

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






   
 



Happy New Years!

Happy New Year to you and your family! We hope that you enjoy a safe and relaxing holiday with friends and loved ones.

2019 was astoundingly awesome for Long Lane Honey Bee Farms. We experienced incredible growth and improvements. As always we are so grateful for the loyal support of our wonderful customers. You push us toward new ideals, improvements and providing the best beekeeping products possible. We can tell you like our packages of bees because we have already sold over 30% of our packages within the first 10 hours of the new year! Thank you. We wouldn't be here without you.

We strive to provide the friends of our business with sound beekeeping knowledge and training that results in stronger colonies and a more enjoyable hobby.

Cheers to another great year! If you have any questions into the New Year, don't hesitate to contact us. We're always happy to help.

Sincerely,

David and Sheri Burns
www.honeybeesonline.com
   
 



Packages Of Bees Go On Sale In 2 Days!

We are David and Sheri Burns and we operate a small family business in Illinois. Here we are at Christmas with 3 of our 11 grandchildren. Your support is greatly appreciated in a time when most people are no longer supporting small USA family businesses. Happy Holidays!

One way you can support our business is by taking one of our online beekeeping courses. Our two most popular online beekeeping courses are:

The Ultimate Beekeeping Course and The New Beginner's Bundle

Sheri and I get so excited when we see someone has purchased one of these courses because we know they will have a much better chance with their beekeeping endeavors.

We are just a couple of days away from the New Year, 2020!  
Packages go on sale Jan. 1st, 2 Days, and will sell out fast!

Our 3 lb packages with a mated queen received great reviews from our customers last year. Our customers raved over how gentle our packages were and how much honey they produced. Beekeepers drive from many states away to purchase packages from us. This year our packages will go on sale on January 1, in just 2 days and sell out within two weeks. Be ready on January 1 to secure you packages for the 2020 Beekeeping season. Our packages are for pickup only from our location here in Illinois. Use this link on January 1st to order your packages. The link will say "SOLD OUT" But that just means for 2019. On Jan. 1st 2020 that link will change to "Add To Cart"
or

Our Packages Are Available Now When Purchasing
Our Busy Bee Hive & Package Combo.


BUSY BEE SPECIAL: INCLUDES 1 HIVE, 1 PKG BEES. PICK UP DISCOUNT!! BEES ARE PICK UP ONLY AT OUR FARM IN FAIRMOUNT, IL


I'll Be Speaking in St. Louis January 18th
I will be speaking along with my good friend and fellow EAS Certified Master 
Beekeeper, Jon Zawislak in St. Louis January 18th. I'm the better looking one on the right. The Three Rivers Beekeepers will be holding a Beekeeping Conference Saturday January 18th. Sign up today, and spend the day with us!

I'll be giving three presentations: 
Spring Management
Nutrition through the Seasons 
Queen Rearing 

Jon will be giving three presentations: Swarm Biology
Bee Genetics 
Controlling Pests and Diseases. 

I'd love to meet you at this conference in St. Louis. Registration is now open but limited. Come spend the day with us. 



We now provide the additives we use in our Winter-Bee-Kinds. When your winter-bee-kind runs out, we now make it easier to refill.
 
These additives contain everything needed. DO NOT ADD any additional items to your sugar water or candy once you've added these additives.  Add 1 tsp of each vial to 1:1 sugar water and the same for 1 winter-bee-kind refill (4 lbs sugar). 
There is enough to make 5 quarts of 1:1 sugar water and to refill  5 Winter-Bee-Kinds for use in fall and spring sugar water.

Our beekeeping classes for 2020 are set. Sign up today. We offer two types of beekeeping classes, on site at our training center and online.
 
If you prefer taking a course with EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, David Burns at our training center, select one of these courses:




 
If you prefer online courses taught by David from the comfort of your home, Check out our Online Beekeeping Academy. 

Newbee Kit


Here's our newest hive kit complete with package of bees. Available Now!
One deep hive body and a honey super with 10 frames and foundation, premium inner cover, metal covered top cover, one entrance reducer, and FREE ENTRANCE FEEDER (although we think you'll want to switch to the 3 Season Burns Bees feeding system). Great for the beginner to add more boxes to, or as a gift for the hobbyist in your life who wants to get started in beekeeping.
We suggest you add either our Equipment Kit Pack or to consider a smoker, hive tool, and protective gear. 
This kit comes with a 3 lb package of bees.  We can either ship your hive (not the bees) to you now, or you can arrange to pick it up for a discount, then come back in late April to pick up your package of bees.  Many of our customers sign up for a class and pick up all their needed items at the same time.
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


   
 



A Bee Hive As A Service Animal On A Plane?

We are David and Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee
Farms and honeybeesonline.com. Happy Holidays!

We all love our bees, but listing them as a service animal? Becoming frustrated by how easy it is to register an animal as a service animal, an Arizona man tried registering his bee hive as a service animal and it worked! It was approved. Of course, he would never be allowed to bring bees on a plane but he proved his point that many people go through the motions when their dogs aren't really trained as service dogs. We better leave our hives at home the next time we travel.

I'll Be Speaking in Missouri, Utah and Iowa. 
 
My 2020 speaking schedule is filling up fast. I will be speaking along with my good friend and fellow EAS Certified Master 
Beekeeper, Jon Zawislak in St. Louis January 18th. The Three Rivers Beekeepers will be holding an Intermediate Beekeeping Conference Saturday January 18th. I'll be giving three presentations: 
Spring Management
Nutrition through the Seasons 
Queen Rearing 

Jon will be giving three presentations: Swarm Biology
Bee Genetics 
Controlling Pests and Diseases. 

I'd love to meet you at this conference in St. Louis. Registration is now open but limited. Come spend the day with us. Sign up today as this conference is limited to 120 attendees. Click Here.
 
I'm Booking My Speaking Schedule For 2020
February I'll also be speaking at conferences in Iowa and Utah. If you'd like to book me for your club or conference send me an email. Jon and I work really well together and we'd love to hold the above Intermediate presentations in your area. Jon and I became good friends while working on becoming EAS Certified Master Beekeepers back in 2009. Since then we have written articles and booklets together, worked hives together and have helped beekeepers around the country. When you book us as a team we are sure to inform and entertain your club or organization. Talk to us about hosting our Intermediate Beekeeping Conference at your club or organization. Take your group beyond beginner status by emailing us at:  longlanehoneybees@gmail.com

Our Winter Bee Kinds Are Shipping Out Within 1 Business Day. Order Yours Today Because There Are Only 60 Left.
Don't delay ordering your Winter-Bee-Kind. This has been another great year for Winter-Bee-Kinds. It is drawing to a close. Believe it or not, we have reached the close of this year's WBK season and we only have 60 Winter-Bee-Kinds left for purchase. If you need more or you think you might, order today! After these last 60 are sold we will be done for this season. Click here to order NOW!

With winter only 10 days away, make sure your bees have adequate food for winter by placing our Winter Bee Kind on your hive if for no other reason than for the peace of mind that they won't starve! Available for 10 frame, and 8 frame hives.


Packages go on sale Jan. 1st and will sell out fast!

Our 3 lb packages with a mated queen received great reviews from our customers last year. Our customers raved over how gentle our packages were and how much honey they produced. Beekeepers drive from many states away to purchase packages from us. This year our packages will go on sale on January 1 (20 Days) and sell out within two weeks. Be ready on January 1 to secure you packages for the 2020 Beekeeping season. Our packages are for pickup only from our location here in Illinois. Use this link on January 1st to order your packages. The link will say "SOLD OUT" But that just means for 2019. On Jan. 1st 2020 that link will change to "Add To Cart" Packages Bees For Sale Link

Our beekeeping classes for 2020 are set. Sign up today. We offer two types of beekeeping classes, on site and online.
 
If you prefer taking a course with EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, David Burns at our training center, select one of these courses:




 
We have these and many more classes available online. Check out our Online Beekeeping Academy. 

Gift Certificates Are Available Just In Time For Christmas

I'm staying busy teaching personal lessons, a program I started last year. What a great Christmas gift! Purchase a private lesson with me for your friend or significant other. Click here for more info.

Or use Gift Certificates for a hive, a class or a package of bees. Click here to purchase your gift certificate.

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
   
 


Happy Thanksgiving! 50% Off Online Courses Has Started Early Black Friday Sale

Happy Thanksgiving!
Black Friday Savings For Online Course Starts Now! All Online Courses 50% Off
Now Through December 2nd.
 
Check out our Online Courses, now at 50% off. These courses are presented by EAS Certified Master Beekeeper David Burns. You can watch these courses from your computer, smartphone or other devices, privately from the comfort of your home. No time limit. No scheduled time. Watch these courses when you want, pause and go back. Watch them as much as you want, over and over.
   
 


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