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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


   
 


We are David and Sheri Burns from Long L...

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.
   
 


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.



   
 


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).
 Available Resources

If you are new to us, we have a ton of available resources and products. We make our living from wonderful customers like you. We know you can purchase your beekeeping equipment elsewhere but when you purchase from us it affords us the opportunity to continue providing videos, lessons, and more. So thank you for your business. Visit us at:

Sincerely,

David and Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
www.honeybeesonline.com


   
 


Healthy Colonies Will Swarm

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. I've just produced a brand new video on making splits. Come on and let's take one of my overwintered hives apart and split it three ways! I've posted the video below.

FREE CLASS:Starting Your Own Bee Business. SUNDAY JUNE 11 1-3PM

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. 
This class will be held at the Training Center located at 14556 N 1020 E in Fairmount IL (1/2 hour east of Champaign, a few minutes west of Danville, 1 and 1/2 hours west of Indy).  Off I-74, take Oakwood Exit #206 south into town.  Go to 2nd stop sign (which is about 5 miles out in the country) and turn left.  Go down 2 country roads to 1020 East and turn left.  We are about 1/2 mile down on your left, you will see our signs. Click here to sign up now.


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. 
 


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





Don't Waste Your Time Chasing After Ineffective Feeders
Here's a nifty little feeder I really use a lot. Sometimes I place it on top of the frames of a new split with an empty shell around it. But I really used it a lot this year in late winter and early spring. I placed these out in my bee yards for bees to fly and gather up the 1:1 sugar water when there is nothing else available in late winter or fall. They are very easy to fill, clean and refill.



WARNING! THERE COULD BE A LOT OF SWARMS THIS YEAR!!
With a mild winter, there could be more swarms this year. Now that people know you are a beekeeper you may be getting a ton of calls to capture swarms and what an inexpensive way to add more hives to your bee yard. But, you need the equipment to place them in before you get the call or your bees swarm. We have the solution:


Too often beekeepers do not have spare equipment handy when their hives swarm. Often people call beekeepers to come and remove a swarm. Wouldn't it be nice to have this handy little hive ready to place that swarm into? It consists of one screen bottom board with entrance reducer cleat, 1 deep hive body with ten wooden frames and foundation, 1 inner cover and one top cover with metal covering. This hive also comes a handy tie-down strap to keep the whole unit together during transport. You will feel much more confident with this little handy transportation hive all ready. Plus the inner cover is screened as well to keep the bees in the box. Order today before swarm season catches you off guard. Order Now.

Making Spring Splits
Join Me In The Hive. Let's Get To Work! 
 

I've just produced Part 1 of how to make a split, in fact, I had to make 2 new splits. 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 are at 9,113 subscribers with over 2.5 Million Views!!  But 10,000 subscribes will help us have resources to produce additional Youtube videos on beekeeping such as mobile live beekeeping videos. Help us with getting our next 887 subscribers. Thank you in advance!

Don't Waste Your Time Chasing After Ineffective Feeders
Here's a nifty little feeder I really use a lot. Sometimes I place it on top of the frames of a new split with an empty shell around it. But I really used it a lot this year in late winter and early spring. I placed these out in my bee yards for bees to fly and gather up the 1:1 sugar water when there is nothing else available in late winter or fall. They are very easy to fill, clean and refill.



Check out our complete line of beekeeping hives made right here in Central Illinois. Click here to view our beehive kits.

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




   
 


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