During the summer months the bees are set out into smaller locations around the state pollinating and collecting honey off of alfalfa and clover fields. The boxes start getting stacked up as the bees make more HONEY!!
Over the Years our Honey house has seen many changes, going from doing everything manually to being fully automated today. All our honey is brought into the honey house in boxes where we extract honey out of the frames using centrifugal force and air ram support. The frames are spun to get honey out and then boxed up and sent back out to be filled up again.
After the honey season is all finished up in Wyoming in late September, the bees will start transitioning into their winter phase. The Queen bee will lay less and less eggs as fall moves on, which will result in a little smaller colony size. The bees will store as much honey as they can so that they have enough for winter!
The bees are trucked to Idaho and stored in cold climate sheds for the winter phase. This gives the bees a break from the outside environmental risks. The shed is kept at a constant 38 degrees, with fresh air blowing in every 5 min. The bees get to stay cool and rest their hard working bodies for a couple of months.
Fun Fact; Honey bees react and behave based on moon phases and winter solstice.
By late January the bees are ready to come out of storage and sent off to pollinate out west! They start their journey in the Central Valley of California in the Modesto/Williams area. They pollinate Almonds from Feb. 15- Mar. 15.
The bees then are trucked up north to Washington State to pollinate Apples! They pollinate for about 2 weeks before they start heading back to Wyoming to prepare for Honey season all over again!!