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Hello, my name is Taegen! For years I've been interested in getting chickens and now that dream is about to come true!

 

I'm based in Phoenix, AZ and would LOVE to hear from you guys in the area. Any tips on keeping chickens alive in this crazy heat would be very appreciated! Also mentioning your top favorite heat-hardy chickens would be quite helpful.

 

I'm looking into starting off with some silkies as I am not a big egg eater (I'm really into it for the pet keeping part ;)). I heard silkies are typically very friendly. Is it the same with silkie roos? I'd love to keep any roosters I might get, but I also want them to be nice enough to not attack me! 

 

Thanks for hearing me out! I'm excited to join this community of other chicken lovers!

post #2 of 6
Welcome! If you join your State thread you will be able to answer most of those questions. Arizona tends to be a dry heat, so chickens will not suffer quite as badly as if you were super humid, but it will still be your major concern. But people from your State will be able to give you all the tips and tricks.
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Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow

 

As the above poster has mentioned, you definitely want to do some posting in your state thread of AZ. Lots of members there to help you work through all that heat! .. http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/31227/arizona-chickens

 

I have never kept Silkies but they do tend to be good momma's, broody and kid friendly. Lots of friendly breeds of chicken out there too...Buff Orpingtons and Black Australorps are my most favorite breed of chicken. Very hardy over all, they tolerate both heat and cold temps, they make wonderful lap sitters and are very docile and friendly. Great layers too.

 

Great to have you aboard and welcome to our flock! :-)

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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post #4 of 6

Silkies are very popular  but,  I think they do better dealing with cold than  real HEAT - Arizona style.  You may want to ask on the silkie thread if others have a problem with them in very hot climates.

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Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

 

All the best

CT

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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