Honey Bees Beekeeping – The True Pleasure Of Beekeeping

Enjoy Your Honey Bees

Beekeeping is an extremely rewarding and enjoyable activity to undertake and the benefits speak for themselves, especially honey bees beekeeping. The beekeeper enjoys having his own garden (and any other nearby gardens) pollinated and of course, they can have the pleasure of their own mouth-watering honey. In no time at all, you can also be enjoying your very own honey every time you sit down to breakfast.

Honey Bees are Hard Workers

The term “busy as a bee” is commonplace, and with very good reason. That’s because it is so very true! In fact, bees work so tirelessly to bring nectar back to the bee hive for the creation of honey, that they travel up to nearly 19 miles (30 kilometers) in one day. During these flights, they pollinate approximately 80% of the plants they encounter. This behavior actually saves the economy a huge amount of money, because experts have estimated that if bees didn’t do this, there would be crop shortfalls to the value of $250 billion – that’s 10% of the world’s food production. It’s little surprise then that within 35 days after being born, their wings have actually worn out, their serviceability to the colony is redundant and they die. The colony accumulates the honey which is then used as their food source when flowers are not blooming. If it’s been a good season with flowers bearing good quantities of nectar, then the bees can gather this nectar and produce far more honey than they themselves can consume on their own. The beekeeper of such a hive can then harvest enough honey to use themselves or they can use it to sell for a profit. This really is when honey bees beekeeping is a lot of fun!

Liquid Honey and Comb Honey

Honey bees beekeeping produces two distinct forms of honey – liquid honey and comb honey. Beekeepers can profit from what their colony is generating by selling these two types of honey. “Liquid honey” is what is removed from the hive itself. This is a simple process and is performed with the use of centrifuge equipment, and the machines that do this are called “extractors”. The “comb” honey is the honey that is still in the original wax combs that the bees built. Although this type of honey is less malleable than the liquid form when it comes to cooking or mixing in drinks, its flavors are highly sought after by those who prefer the natural approach.

How Flowers and Soil Affects Honey

Honey is available in very many colors and flavors but this is known by only a few. And it begins with the flowers – different flowers possess different scents. As a result, the nectar from one flower will possess a different taste and smell to another type of flower. The makeup of the soil the flower grows in is another factor as to how the honey tastes and looks like. For example, honey that is the product of the nectar of alfalfa can be white to a clear color due to the drier, alkali soil it grows in. And honey that is the product of the nectar of buckwheat tends to be quite dark because of the levels of acidity in that soil. Also, the quality of the honey comb that the bees cultivate determines the color and taste. The colors of honey can range from golden yellow to red and sometimes even green tints.

Starting a Business With Honey Bees Beekeeping

A critical component for beekeepers to follow is to adhere to state and federal regulations when it comes to the processing, labeling and handling of food products when honey and other forms of bee products are involved. It must be understood that it’s a real business and the guidelines of local government bodies may differ for beekeeping in certain areas. Marketing strategies also need to be considered by beekeepers to promote and sell their honey and bee products. Examples could be: “Where would be the best location to sell honey in this area?” and “Which kinds of consumers or demographic should be honed in on for maximum sales?”. Honey bees beekeeping is a rewarding hobby – but when it becomes a business for profit enterprise – the hobby must be then seen as a business and the decisions made need to help the beekeeper to not just survive, but to thrive. For more beekeeping information on honey bees beekeeping and tips on getting started, just browse through my articles on the right hand side of this page under “Interesting Articles” or you can subscribe to my free Beekeeping Tips mini-course below!

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