AVAILABLE ONLY UNTIL MARCH 31ST! CALL US FOR PICK UP ORDERS
Helpful Hint: Buy beekeeping equipment and hives at least 5 - 6 weeks before you expect your bees to arrive to leave plenty of time for shipping, and the possibility of needing to reship any parts.Want to pick up instead? No problem, just give us a call at 217-427-2678.
Our INDEPENDENCE KIT is a starter kit. You will need to add more boxes to this hive as it grows, but you can purchase this kit to get started without paying for the full hive at one time, so it's a little easier on the wallet. Buy other boxes as you need them. This hive kit comes with a screen bottom board, a deep hive body with 10 wooden frames and foundation, an inner cover, top cover, feeder and entrance reducers, a cloth hat/veil combo, a smoker and smoker fuel, and a hive tool. Also comes with a book on how to start beekeeping. Boxes are rabbet joint corners and the hive is assembled and painted.
Package Bee Information - Please read thoroughly before purchase.
3 lb package of bees with mated queen. Italian. Limited Quantity. PICK UP AT OUR TRAINING CENTER IN FAIRMOUNT IL ONLY (we are 25 miles east of Champaign-Urbana, 2 and1/2 hours south of Chicago, 1 and 1/2 hours west of Indianapolis). We do not ship bees. Pick up tentatively April 29, 2017.
Within a week after your purchase of your packages, you will receive a letter via email with detailed information. One condition to getting bees is to read this letter thoroughly and know when the pickup dates are. Please provide a valid email when purchasing your bees and read your email. Check your spam folder if you do not receive your email after a week.
Pick up is tentatively set for Sat., April 29. ** THIS DATE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE**. While we will do everything to keep you informed of changes to the pick up date, it is your responsibility to put the dates on your calendar and to check before coming to pick up your bees to be sure they are in and ready to go. Beginning April 1, we keep our phone lines and website updated with current information on dates. This is the only weekend bees will be available for pick up. Bees not picked up by May 1 will be sold with no refunds.
Our guarantee is that you will receive 3 lbs of honey bees with a live, mated queen. After you leave our location, we can no longer control the care of the bees, therefore it is your responsibility to keep them as healthy and happy as we have. We can not guarantee your queen's acceptance by the hive. Absconding does happen in 5 - 10% of all package bees in the US. We give several suggestions on how to reduce absconding when installing packages in our beekeeping classes.
We suggest getting all your equipment and hives PRIOR to bee pick up day. We would appreciate it so much if you would purchases your hives from us--that's what keeps us in business and being able to supply bees. Getting your hives prior to bees arriving allows you to understand the equipment, try out that smoker, prepare your hive location, to load your feeders, and spray your frames with sugar water. You can order your hives online to be shipped to your location, or give us a call to place an order for pick up. 217-427-2678. We suggest you do this no later than March 20.
We also highly suggest a beekeeping class or join our mentorship program. Because we depend so much on honeybees in our ecological systems today, and because the bees now deal with issues that were not problems up to 20 years ago, it's important that you know what you're doing, how to inspect hives, deal with pests and diseases, proper feeding, and winter maintenance.
Please watch for the email letter and read it thoroughly to understand all policies. Pick up will be at our training center located at our office at 14556 N 1020 East Rd., Fairmount IL 61841. Please follow these directions (some GPS units do not work for our location). From I-74, take the Oakwood Exit 206. Go south into town, to first stop sign in Catlin. Go straight a few miles south of Oakwood to the next 2-way stop sign (Catlin-Homer Rd). Turn left onto Catlin-Homer Rd., going down two country roads to 1020 East. Turn left, go down another 1/4 mile until you see our sign.
OUR HIVE STORY: When we first started making hives at LONG LANE HONEY BEE FARMS around 2006, it was just our family. We would cut the boards, build the hives, and paint them. Our three youngest children helped us, and sometimes we would sit for hours in our workshop with the wood burner going, a pot of soup on top of it, and just build and paint for hours at a time. The years have passed, and the children are grown, and so we found an Amish beekeeping family who helps us now. Cabinet makers by trade, these hives are high quality, with wood manufactured and milled here in the US, built by master craftsmen, right here in Illinois. These hives are workhorses and will outlast your lifetime.