Bee Keeping in Depth.
Bee keeping and honey making becomes more enjoyable if you are able to do it through your own effort and enjoy your effort. Different people that are active in the art of bee keeping either take it as a business or as a hobby. In a colony there are different types of bees , the worker bees are responsible for the production of honey. Worker bees begin by making combs as areas where they will bring up the young ones and also as honey storage units. The worker bees collect nectar from flower to flower and in the process they pass pollen grains facilitating pollination. Nectar from flowers is similar to sucrose and it contains other beneficial substances as well. The bees produce enzymes that turn sucrose into glucose and fructose to make the honey.
A second enzyme comes to play where a small amount of the glucose is converted into hydrogen peroxide and gluconic acid. The acid has some benefit to the honey because its presence makes the honey made resistant to bacteria , fungi and mold. The hydrogen peroxide provides the honey with short term protection as it ripens or made ready for the larvae to be consumed as food. Different jars of honey will have different colors and tastes , this will be because the nectar influences both color and taste. Certain colors of honey might look more attractive more than others but the color does not affect the quality of the honey in any way.
When it comes to bee keeping as a business , when done the right way, you stand to make very good returns. Bee keeping does not limit you to make money from the honey alone, if you are creative enough you can make money from literally every product of the entire process. Creative marketing will enable you to sell pollination services to farmers as they understand the importance of the bees. The market for honey combs and wax still exists and you stand to make money with such products as well.
Full time bee keeping is lucrative as any business but you will have to work your way up to profits gradually but in the end it will be worth it. Bee keeping is a business that is less capital intensive, you will not have to purchase large tracts of land, all you need to do is erect your hives in strategic location. In bee keeping you will not be engaged much physically, it’s one of the reasons why people take it as a hobby. Bee keepers are not the same , some take the business as a simple hobby others are fully into it. You are either a hobby bee keeper , a sideliner bee keeper and lastly a commercial bee keeper.