i am wondering what breeds of chickens would work well in our oklahoma climate i would like decent layers so they make up for the cost of raising them a little
Edited by Alesia - 3/26/12 at 6:28pm
Click on "breeds" in the top brown bar, then chick "hot" on the left under climate tolerance.
Happiness is when you can look at your chickens and smile....
Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.
Flockwatching my little bunch of mutts, a favorite pastime.
Light breeds (Leghorns, banties, etc) are generally more tolerant of heat than heavy breeds (barred rocks, australorps, etc.). Having a sandbath available to them also greatly reduces the chance of them getting overheated.
we are in IL; hot humid nasty summers...
we have and LOVE for cold winters & Hot nasty summers:
Turkens (aka: naked necks) I know they are ugly; (gasp) but they are GREAT producers
and tolerate the heat/cold VERY well!
Our Barred rocks, Black australorps, Easter Eggers are doing/have done just fine!
I have an Australorp, Dominique, RRs, and Leghorn, and now only one Buff Opington. I lost two Buff due to the extreme heat last summer. I allowed them to free range and kept lots of water and a mist running at times and that seemed to help. But this year I purposely did not get any Buffs even though I love that breed but I did get more Australorps, Doms, and Leghorns. Summers like last years don't come very often but as you know our summers are hot. This is my third year raising chickens and had no problem the first year. Good luck.
thanks for the advice i really want to get easter eggers i am just falling in love with those little guys they are sooooo cute and they are sposed to have great temperments i dont think i could handle cranky chickens all the time lol ill keep looking around at the differant breeds that are sposed to do good in heat. though i am going to get like 6 chickens and maybe a rooster