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Long Lane Honey Bee Farms

Quarantine Hobby Hive -AND- BEES Special: Includes 1 Starter Hive, feeder, OUR beekeeping book -AND- 1 Package of Bees With Mated Queen, Bees are pick up only in Fairmount, IL.


Quarantine Hobby Hive -AND- BEES Special: Includes 1 Starter Hive, feeder, OUR beekeeping book -AND- 1 Package of Bees With Mated Queen, Bees are pick up only in Fairmount, IL.


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 CURB SIDE PICKUP FOR 2022. We ship equipment to you now, you come here to pick up bees in April. 

BEES PICK UP ONLY AT OUR FARM IN FAIRMOUNT, IL. Tentatively scheduled for pick up on one of the last Saturdays in April.  Dates can change, so give yourself time around the end of the month to work around this.  Livestock tells US when they are ready, we don't tell them! :-) We will keep you up to date with the date via the homepage of website. 

PLEASE ALLOW 2- 3 WEEKS FOR DELIVERY OF HIVES. Helpful Hint: Order equipment at least 3 - 4 weeks before bees are due to arrive. Any order issues or damages must be reported within 10 days of delivery. 

Quarantine Hobby Hive Special
How much easier can it get? We know you're busy. Our Quarantine Hobby Hive takes all the stress out of getting started in beekeeping providing you with a completely assembled and painted starter hive, and a 3 pound package of bees with a mated queen (hives are shipped, you pick up bees in spring). The hive is shipped soon after you place your order, but the bees must be picked up at our farm in central Illinois in late April. (see below for more info). This hive comes with: 1 bottom board, one deep hive body containing 10 wooden frames with foundation, beeswax coated, one inner cover, one telescoping top cover with metal covering (color varies) and a front entrance reducer. Foundations color varies.  ALSO included is an entrance feeder. AND....a signed copy of OUR book " Backyard Beekeeping"!! 

 You may need additional equipment.  You may need individual items (we suggest a smoker, hat with veil and hive tool) and more deeps and supers this summer. 


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 scheduled for one of the last Saturdays in April. 

Pick up is tentatively set for one of the  last Saturdays in April.  ** 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 website updated with current information on dates--which can be accessed 24 hours a day.  This is the only weekend bees will be available for pick up.  

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.

Get equipment and hives PRIOR to bee pick up day.   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. We ship the equipment to you now, you pick up bees in April. 

We also highly suggest one of our ONLINE beekeeping courses.   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.   

Pick up bees will be at our training center located at our office at 14556 N 1020 East Rd., Fairmount IL 61841. DIRECTIONS. 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.  This is the only day to pick up and we will not have equipment for sale, this day is only for the bees.  


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