How To Produce The Best Beekeeper Honey
Article by Martin Broad
Although often practiced as a fun and engaging hobby, one of the best parts of keeping honey bees is the end product – the honey! Whether you decide to keep the majority of the honey yield for yourself or whether you are looking to set up a business selling the honey to hungry consumers, learning about the nature of the honey itself will help you get a harvest a great product.
It is often assumed that honey comes exactly as you see it and that there is little difference between the product that different hives produce. In fact, there are a number of things that can alter the way honey looks and tastes from colony to colony. Even the same colony can end up producing very different honey from one year to the next depending on its diet. Different flowers each have an individual scent and thus a different nectar, meaning the honey the bees make will be peculiar to that genus of flower. The soil where the flowers grow also plays a part in altering the honey, with drier soil usually producing clearer of whiter honey. Even the color can be altered, with some honeys ending up red or even green!
Liquid honey is the product that most beekeepers sell in order to make money (this is the kind that you see in jars in your local supermarket). However, some beekeepers will also sell individual parts of their honey comb to select consumers who want an all-natural honey experience. It is a good idea to bear this in mind when you are finally looking to monetize your hive as there is an additional stream of revenue here that most beekeepers miss.
Bees are intelligent little creatures who produce their honey during the summer months and save it as a food source for winter when flowers and nectar are more hard to come by. If you want to stop your bees eating the honey in the winter, one thing you can do is to set up a feeder with a sugar substitute in it for them. You must also make sure that you have enough bees in your colony to produce a large yield of honey. Most bees die after only 35 days of life as they wear their wings out and can no longer serve the needs of the colony. Having a large hive will ensure that there are still plenty of other bees around to make honey when this happens.
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