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Visit a working honey bee farm

Animals

Visit a working honey bee farm

29 reviews
Guidelines created with World Animal Protection
Paused until 30 April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
4 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Food, Drinks, Transport, Equipment
Hosted in
English
Animals

Visit a working honey bee farm

Animals

Visit a working honey bee farm

29 reviews
Guidelines created with World Animal Protection
Paused until 30 April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
4 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Food, Drinks, Transport, Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

Guests will be able to suit up in a Bee suit and become immersed in the amazing art of bee keeping. Learning basic skills and if they wish will be able to accompany me right into a hive and explore all the inner workings of the hive. See how bees are working in nature. Go frame by frame to spot the ruler of the hive (the queen). Watch bees actually take there first steps in life after chewing their way out of their cell and hatch out into the colony. See the difference between male(drone) bees and female(worker) bees. See the bees bring in the pollen on their pollen sacks. I will also go over how to select and graft new queens and how the process works to select genetics and how the very detailed timeline is carried out from initial breeder hive selection to grafting the appropriate age egg to using the starter / finisher colony to incubate the cells and also the incubator period for the cell. The final step of placing a cell into a mating colony and look at other colonies to see virgin queens and also mated queens starting there new colonies. I’m open to any and all questions the guest may and will have. I want to share this amazing creature to others they are a blessing.
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Learn more about Matthew

Matthew

I am a commercial honey bee keeper in Maine. I travel each year back and forth to Florida with my honey bees. During the winter they travel 1500+ miles to Florida and back in early May to Maine. While in Maine we provide much needed pollination services. I raise my own queens and have specific mating yards for them here in Maine. I typically run between 400-600 colonies and make 10’s of thousands of pounds of delicious natural raw honey that is sold all over Maine. We have large retail accounts and small garden stands selling the honey. I ship bees to hobby bee keepers nationwide.

What's included

Food
What would a bee keeping adventure be without trying some delicious honey
Drinks
Water will be provided
Transport
Any offsite transportation will be arranged by me or in coordination with the guests.
Equipment
All bee keeping equipment needed, clothing, tools etc.

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Where you'll be

I will show quests the following: Queen mating yard Cell builder hives Incubation process of queens Honey production facility A variety of local production yards with full scale hives in operation

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 15 and up can attend. Guests should be aware that a possible bee sting does exist and should make sure they are not allergic to bee stings. We will make all efforts to make sure you do not get stung but it is possible.

What to bring

Great attitude

More tips

Open up your mind to the amazing world of bee keeping. Be prepared to be blown away with an amazing experience by a very passionate bee keeper. Have pleanty of questions ready and enjoy!
Matthew
Visit a working honey bee farm
29 reviews
£42/person
29 reviews
£42/person