The Art of Bee Keeping.
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. When a colony is started the workers begin by building combs where the young will be reared and also the storage of honey. The worker bees go around flowers collecting nectar from one flower to another and this makes them pollinate the flowers in the process. Nectar from flowers is similar to sucrose and it contains other beneficial substances as well. 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 has some benefit to the honey because its presence makes the honey made resistant to bacteria , fungi and mold. Hydrogen peroxide also has a role to play in the honey making process, it gives it some short term protection against microorganisms as the honey gets ripe. 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.
Bee keeping has proven to be very lucrative for those who approach it in the right way. 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. 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.
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 will not involve you much physically and that makes it a good business if you do not want to be invested much physically. 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.