I'm new at raising any kind of poultry. A friend of a friend needed a new home for an Orpington Rooster and being the animal lover that I am I spoke up and said I'd take him. I named him Randi, he's about 11 months old and I think after a couple of months I've decided that he needs a companion. I have a lot of property for him to roam on but he seems to spend his time wherever I am. He doesn't like to be alone. Is one hen enough to keep Randi company or would 2 be better. I don't really want a whole flock as I have 3 dogs, 6 cats and a Grackle, an Arizona wildlife bird, I've raised for 10 years. I must be doing something right a wildlife bird would never live for 10 years in the wild. So I have plenty to keep me busy as it is. What about temperatures for the rooster and hen. Living in the deserts of Arizona we have 100+ degrees for 4-5 months in the summer. How do chickens handle those kind of temps? Right now it's been unusually cold here and Randi spends most of his time in the house where I keep it about 80 deg. and he seems to be fine with that. I have a place outdoors in the backyard that is covered, not completely enclosed, and I think that would make a nice place for them, but not sure what kind of material I should put down, straw, green hay or something else?
I'll be reading threads others have posted but would appreciate any advice for a beginner you might have.