- Package Bees & Queens For Sale
Package Bees & Queens For Sale
Honey Bees For Sale
Hi, we are David and Sheri Burns. There's nothing that compares to having your own beehive. Perhaps Grandpa used to keep bees and you would like to as well. Take a look around our site, or feel free to give us a call (217) 427-2678. We are located near Fairmount, Illinois. We carry a full line of supplies and appreciate your business!
Our packages of bees will go on sale this winter, sometime in December or January for the 2016 beekeeping year. But, you can reduce the number of new packages you need by keeping your bees alive this winter. Try our Winter-Bee-Kind. Watch my video:
David is a Certified Master Beekeeper. Come take a class with us. Feel free to watch our beekeeping videos or read through over 180 of David's free online courses. We have spots open in our October 10th Basic Beekeeping Class. Click here to register for this and other classes.
We make our hives right here in central Illinois, using wood pruchased from a small town lumber yard. Thank you for supporting small, family American businesses!
Here we go with our famed and legendary hive, completely painted and assembled. Comes with wooden frames and foundation. Shipping is included in this price. If you are comparing prices, please take in consideration that while you might find a similar hive for less ask these questions: 1. Is it assembled? 2. Is it painted? 3. Does it include wooden frames and foundation? 3. How much is shipping?
Starting beekeeping can be confusing so we are here to help take the confusion out of keeping honey bees. Learn all about beekeeping from EAS certified master beekeeper, David Burns and start keeping bees today!
1 Hive, & Equipment Supplies
1 Starter Hive, & Equipment Supplies Click Here
Starter hive.Buy other boxes as you need them. Bees Not Included
Fun Facts About Queens
The queen must mate within her first 20 days or she will lose the urge to mate and become a drone layer.
She mates in the afternoon, flying out of the hive to a Drone Congregational Area (DCA).
She flies 15 feet or less several feet away from her hive, and flies up to 20' - 100' feet into the DCA.
Mates with 20-25 drones for gene diversity.
Mating flights averages 13 minutes.
She flies about 1 mile away to mate.
40% of queens are mated on their first flight.
Lays 2 days after successful mating flight.
The drones are sexually mature when they reach 10-12 days old.
Queens stores 5-7 million spermatozoa for her life.
Queens with less than 3 million spermatozoa are unable to head up colonies for more than one season.
Drones fly out to mate between 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
She arrives back at her hive with the mating sign of the last drone she mated with and the workers remove the drone's genitalia.
The queen decides whether to lay a fertilized egg based on measuring the cell size with her front legs.
TIPS ON FINDING YOUR QUEEN
1. Only use enough smoke to calm your bees.
2. The queen is usually never found on combs of honey or nectar.
3. Look for frames with larvae and eggs. The queen is usually on these combs.
4. The queen is longer than workers and her thorax is more obvious.
5. Often there will be bare comb showing just behind the queen as she walks about.
6. Since her abdomen is longer, her wings do not go all the way to the back of her abdomen.
Here Is Our Contact Information Phone: 217-427-2678
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.
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
14556 N. 1020 E. Rd
Fairmount, IL 61841
For Directions To Long Lane Honey bee Farms CLICK HERE
Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (CST)
Friday 10:00 - Noon
Closed Noon -1pm for lunch