Yes I can definitely see why they work there Here it is common to have one or two spells of 100+ degrees during the summer, and one or four spells of single digit daytime highs, each spell lasting a week or more. We are at 5400 feet of elevation, so much closer to the sun, which is out about 300 days a year. Our property has a dearth of trees, it was cow pasture for decades, and few trees tall enough to provide much in the way of shade. There is a spot on the west side of the barn that is well shaded but I'm afraid too much so. Moisture here is virtually never a problem, aridity is. Wind can really howl. We probably have wind at least 200 days a year, commonly over 20mph with gusts in the 30s or higher. We doubled the hurricane ties on the shed coop when we built it - we had a 3x4 coop made of OSB blown over the previous year when gusts topped 50, and that will happen at least once or twice every year. There are people in the county with bees but they live on a somewhat less open prairie setting. I just don't want to invest a lot of time and money and wind up killing bees that would have lived somewhere else.