Ah Ha…see It Now?

Hello, from David & Sheri Burns from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms in Central Illinois. It’s nice to be with you for another beekeeping lesson again. That is lesson 99, which means our next lesson shall be Lesson 100, a milestone no doubt! You want to make Lesson 100 something special. If you have something special to suggest for lessons 100, tell us! Watch our recent Bee Dance Video below.

If you are unable to see it below, just click here to go to our lesson directly. We’re knee deep in honey bees, and we love it! In a single week I taught and spoke at 4 different clubs and classes. Our outstanding colonies headed up by our very own Pioneer Queens survived the winter all.

It’s always a good feeling to go out and discover the hives strong and healthy in Illinois after such a bad winter. We do not treat our colonies plus they go through the winter on display bottom planks. Again, this season there is no difference between the hives that people wrapped and the ones we did not. Every year we offer larger upper openings for air flow on our hives and every year they actually better!

First, Bucko Goat Skin Beekeeping Gloves. Wow, just what a nice glove! The goat epidermis is a better, less clumsy fit, and they have prolonged ventilated sleeves. As well as for everyone Top Bar Hive Enthusiasts we are now selling TBHs! Don’t be tricked by small TBHs manufactured from plywood.

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This is a full 46″ TBH made from 3/4″ pine. Even the top is made with pine and covered with aluminum. Comes with 30 top pubs (frame beginners) with wooden splines. This TBH also includes a screen-bottom table with a slip in the panel to open up and close the bottom.

This TBH also offers three holes in the side and two follower boards. Bees and Stand not included. Click on the image or click to buy your TBH here. Have some fun with a Top Bar Hive! A BEE-HAVER is someone who can say they “HAVE” bees however they do not need beekeeping to consume their time or interest, so they spend little to no time keeping bees, they have bees simply.

That’s certainly one approach. Then there are those who want to progress from just having bees to truly doing all they can to ensure their bees are as healthy as you can. Probably, between these two organizations is where most beekeepers find themselves someplace. I recently held a class on “Pest & Diseases” therefore MANY BEEKEEPERS NEEDED TO TAKE THIS CLASS.

In order for beekeepers to overwinter colonies, produce more honey from colonies and have overall more powerful colonies, beekeepers must know diseases and pests. There are plenty of practical ways to prevent many pests and diseases, but until you are taught and trained, you will likely experience avoidable problems. Let me demonstrate what I mean by taking you on an inspection of the hive. A close friend asked me to inspect his hive in the fall. Join me and let me demonstrate how easy it is to “think all is well” when it’s not. Even as we inspect the hive, you’ll need to click on each image so that it will enlarge to its original size.

Look as of this comb of brood and bees. Click on it and see what you think? Most beekeepers would feel alright concerning this comb. The brood appears fine, though it is a small part of the brood, it’s fall and queens are reducing laying so it’s fine. But if we look closer we’ll several things that are wrong, this hive won’t make it through the wintertime.

In fact, nothing was done to my friend’s hive and it died in the wintertime from the major two factors visible upon the above-mentioned image, both could have been avoided. So, let’s move in. Do you see the two major problems? I’ll offer you a hint. Look at the bees, not the brood. Ah ha…see it now? Among several female employees we see DWV, deformed wing computer virus, and one has K-wing.