What you'll do
We'll be going into a hands on beekeeping fun and educational experience. After an introduction and safety lesson you will be taught how to be a bee keeper including topics such as tools and equipment, bee life cycles and roles, pests and diseases, Queen rearing. Flow hive Q & A. How to merge a hive, how to move a hive, how to catch a swarm, how to split a hive. Following the theory lesson we will get suited up into the protective clothing and head into the yard. We will first light the smokers (to make the bees docile) then I will demonstrate opening up a bee hive for an inspection. Then it is over to you, it's your turn to open up a bee hive, pull out the frames one by one and try to find the queen, check she is laying eggs properly, check there are no pests or parasites attacking the hive on the inside and check the bees are building the comb straight. Tastings of various honeys to follow. PROTECTIVE SUITS PROVIDED I only have adult sized bee suits therefore children under 12 cannot participate. Run time is approximate. No cancellations under 1 week from starting date. Can sometimes do custom days if you have 4 or more in your group.
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PLEASE NOTE: Airbnb has recently ruled experiences below 4.7 star rating can be deleted. It only takes 3 or 4 - 4 star reviews to do this damage. The class is not perfect and it never will be, but please be aware 4 star reviews have severe consequences for me and other hosts. About me: I have been a hobby bee keeper since 2014 and care for several hundred thousand bees. In addition to honey my other bee interests are making beeswax products and mead.
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Where you'll be
The workshop experience will be taking place in my large back yard. As the majority of the class takes place on grass in my yard. I am not sure if it would suit anyone in a wheelchair.
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Up to 6 guests aged 12 and up can attend.
There is a slight chance of being stung by a bee. For that reason I would not suggest this for those with a bee allergy. This typically only happens when people wear inappropriate shoes or socks.
Hands On Beekeeping Beginners Course