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. Bee keeping is a hobby for some and a serious business for others. Honey is produced by the worker bees in a colony . When a colony is started the workers begin by building combs where the young will be reared and also the storage of honey. Pollination takes place when the bees go from flower to flower collecting nectar and pass pollen grains in the process. Nectars are juices with different sugar concentrations and thy have some benefits. The sucrose collected by the bees is turned into glucose and fructose by some enzyme action that and that makes the honey.
The enzyme glucose oxidase takes a small portion of the glucose and converts it into gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide. The acid makes honey resistant to bacteria hence making it last longer in the process. 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 nectar content influence the taste and the color that the honey will have. 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 business does not mean that you will cash in on honey production alone there are a lot of products that the bees leave around that will make you serious money. You can sell pollination services to farmers stress free but with good marketing, all you have to do is present your hives and let the bees do the rest. The honey combs and wax still have a lot of applications in different products and this means there is a gap for you to fill with your product.
If you are a full time bee keeper , fact is that you will take some time to build and establish the business but when you set up some roots you get to enjoy the effort. 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. Bee keeping as a hobby and as a business requires less physical effort compared to other ventures. 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.