2014 Package Bees Are Sold Out
We still have packages available with our Busy Bee Special and for students taking our classes.

Welcome To Our New Queen Corner
We begin selling queens in May. Please read our Policy Statement below:

"David - I just wanted to thank you for getting me a queen on short notice a couple of months ago. I requeened the hive that had sac brood and began feeding with essential oils and the colony seems to be coming back. Your queen has a fantastic laying pattern and no sign of the disease. Keeping my fingers crossed, but I think they've made it through!" --Brooke, Wisconsin

Hi David,
This is Agnes. The queen I bought from you is great. Thank you. I harvested so much honey this summer, I started making jokes about it. I love it, though. --Agnes, Illinois

We ship our queens 1-2 day service depending on where you live. If you were a queen, you'd prefer to ship fast too! However, if you want to pay more and have your queen sent overnight, please call us to make arrangements. 217-427-2678

Shipping Policy: There is always a certain risk involved in shipping livestock. We highly recommend picking up your queen purchases when possible. However, if you must have your queen shipped we ship only overnight night or 2nd day. Shipping companies do not insure livestock or guarantee delivery dates. Queens are shipped at your risk. We have no control over the care, concern or health of queens during shipping.

If your queen perishes, you must call us the next business day (this does not include Sat. or Sun.) of receiving your queen. Please do not email us. Call us only at 217-427-2678. We will send out a new queen at no charge but customer must pay shipping for replaced queens. Documentation proving the queen died in shipping must be provided within 3 business days after receiving the queen.

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

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