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Individual 2015 Package Bees and Kits NOW AVAILABLE

CLICK HERE To Purchase Packages of Honey Bees (only 50 left)

Honey Bees Hive KitThis year we are making a special EARLY BIRD OFFER, so that new beginners can secure a hive and a 3lb package of bees with a mated queen. This kit contains a starter hive which includes a screen bottom board, one deep hive body with 10 wooden frame and foundation, an inner cover and a top cover. This starter hive allows you to add additional boxes to your hive only as needed. This kit also includes a 3 lb package of bees with a mated queen. Bees must be picked up only here at our farm. FREE SHIPPING OF THE WOODENWARE HIVE WITHIN US, except Hawaii and Alaska. Bees can be picked up at our specified date in the spring, date to be determined, but probably late April or early May. The hive (woodenware without bees) will ship within 2 weeks of purchase. This is your way of making sure you are ready in the spring before all the bees are gone. Click here for more information.

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This is the same as above only it includes the following equipment: Frame Puller, Frame Hanger, Bee Brush, Smoker, Smoker fuel, Hive Tool and Bee Brush. We do NOT include protective gear in this kit because some prefer suits while others would rather have a hat and veil. So protective gear is sold separately. Bees are not shipped but picked up only. FREE SHIPPING OF THE WOODENWARE HIVE WITHIN US, except Hawaii and Alaska. Bees can be picked up at our location at our specified date in the spring, date to be determined, but probably late April or early May. The hive (woodenware without bees) will ship within 2 weeks of purchase. This is your way of making sure you are ready in the spring before all the bees are gone. Click here for more information.

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 walk 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

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

Our Hours:
Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (CST)
Friday 10:00 - Noon
Closed Noon -1pm for lunch
Saturday- Sometimes
Sunday- Closed

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Take Me To Your Online Beekeeping Store

I want to Take A Beekeeping Class

Show Me Some Beekeeping Videos

I Want To Talk To Real People. 217-427-2678 M-Thu 10am-4 Central Time, Fri 10-Noon

Need Bees Removed From Your House? Call the number above.