This is extremely helpful. I'm ok with ice, wading bins, and water changes on super hot days in general, but I'm not prepared to really baby particularly non-heat-tolerant chickens if I can help it, so I think I'll pass for now - I may consider them later, but probably only long enough to cross with Naked Necks. While your temps are higher than mine, it's still more than 95F for a lot of the summer - and it was around that or higher most of last week! I even had one of the Naked Neck chicks panting a tiny bit (not in distress, though). Of note, the New Hampshires don't even notice the heat at all. Might keep a pullet or two if I have room. They're actually not all that bad - it's just hard to compete with Naked Necks!!!!!
Chicken Math attack!!!!! The feed store had Speckled Sussex (I think from Ideal). I know it's hatchery stock, but I decided to take a chance to see what I'd get - I'd like to cross them with Naked Necks, since I'm giving up on the New Hampshire cross (not happy with these overall). So, 5 new little ones in the brooder. I must be out of my mind....
OK, off to work on the foundation for the Naked Neck coop (I think I'll call it the Nudist Colony... Or maybe "Fortress of Chickitude"...)
- Ant Farm
LOVE the potential names! I've actually used "Nudist Colony" myself, along with "The Naked Condo".