Thanks for your interest in becoming a beekeeper. To us, raising bees is one of the most enjoyable hobby/businesses ever. We believe you will enjoy it as well. Some people keep bees simply because they are an amazing creature. Did you know that a honey bee flies around 15 mph? A hive of bees flies 55,000 miles to bring us 1 pound of honey. During her life (approximately 40 days) a honey bee will gather about 1/12 teaspoon of honey. Bees must go to two million flowers to gather l pound of honey. Bees can see the same colors we see except red. They can also see ultraviolet. See what awaits you as you become a beekeeper. We offer free online beekeeping lessons, videos and podcasts, as well as sell beekeeping supplies, bees and queens.

Keeping bees is really simple. Let me give you a brief flow chart:
1. Purchase your hives and equipment from us anytime between January through May.
2. Purchase the bees from us by March 1.

It's that simple! Well, we know that you will need to know much more, and that is why we have everything you'll need to know in our Free Online Beekeeping Lessons. You'll see that link either from this page or our main home page too.

Image of How to Become a BeekeeperYou can start with as few as one hive, but we recommend beginners start with two hives. Then each hive will need a 3lb package of bees (about 10,000 bees) with a marked queen.

Join us for our next basic beekeeping course. We offer beginner, advance and queen rearing classes.
Click here for more information. During our classes you can purchase your hives and take them home that day! I am confident, that if you will read our online lessons, you will understand how to become a beekeeper. We even have full lessons on installing your bees (video) as well as how to inspect your hive and make sure all is well.

We have lessons on how to reduce your chances of being stung as you work your hives.

And we view all of our customers as students as we provide free mentoring. Just call us up to ask your questions and we'll help you enjoy your new hives. 217-427-2678

It's best to start with two hives or more..read why to start with two hives rather than one.

Learn How To Install A Package Of Bees...Read More or Watch My Video On Installing A Package

We also produce beekeeping podcasts, remove bees from homes, sell honey and speak regularly on beekeeping. We also produce regular beekeeping lessons and articles through our beekeeping blog. Our blog is found at: http://www.basicbeekeeping.blogspot.com

Here Is Our Contact Information Phone: 217-427-2678

Email For Beekeeping Questions Only: david@honeybeesonline.com
Due to the overwhelming number of daily emails, please allow 7 days for an answer. Please be advised that we do not accept orders, changes or questions about orders through email. With spam filters, email is not always a reliable source of communication. Please call us at 217-427-2678 to order or inquire about your order.

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Mailing Address: Long Lane Honey Bee Farms

14556 N. 1020 E. Rd
Fairmount, IL 61841

For Directions To Long Lane Honey Bee Farms CLICK HERE

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Our Hours:
Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (CST)
Friday 10:00 - Noon
Saturday- Sometimes
Sunday- Closed