Bee Keeping in Depth.
When you are able to make your own honey ,it’s worth the effort when it all pays off. Bee keeping can either be looked at as a hobby or as business venture depending on why you are doing it. Honey is produced by the worker bees in a colony . Worker bees begin by making combs as areas where they will bring up the young ones and also as honey storage units. Pollination takes place when the bees go from flower to flower collecting nectar and pass pollen grains in the process. Nectar from flowers is similar to sucrose and it contains other beneficial substances as well. Bees produce enzymes from their bodies that makes them turn the sucrose into glucose and fructose that in turn makes the honey.
There is another enzyme , glucose oxidase that turns a small amount of glucose into gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide. The acid makes honey resistant to bacteria hence making it last longer in the process. The hydrogen peroxide on the other hand provides the honey with short term protection against organisms as the honey ripens . Different nectar content influence the taste and the color that the honey will have. There is nothing wrong with being hooked on a certain color of honey but the fact is that color of honey does not in any way affect the quality of the honey.
Bee keeping as a business can become very profitable if approached in the right way. 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. 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 market for honey combs and wax still exists and you stand to make money with such products as well.
Most bee keepers who work on it as a full time business will agree that it takes time to build the business up but when it gets at the desired spot it will definitely pay off. If you are looking to start a business in keeping of bees, you will not require a lot of land, all you need is a strategic place to place your hive and leave them be. Bee keeping as a hobby and as a business requires less physical effort compared to other ventures. Depending on how you take your bee keeping , there are different types of bee keepers. You are either a hobby bee keeper , a sideliner bee keeper and lastly a commercial bee keeper.