Originally Posted by bluejean55girl
many thanks RedBanks. I hope they can deal with the severe hot summers up here.. I don't have trees... and the 50 mph winds that can come with snow in the wintertime. ha they'll have to deal with both -20 wind chill and up to possible 117 degrees in the summertime.. grins
Lots of luck with the hatch! They really are a wonderful breed but I have to be honest, they handle the cold A LOT better than the heat. The only chicken I lost to heat last year was one of my Biel cockerels. I actually installed portable A/C units in their pen and froze multiple 2-liter bottles with water that I changed out multiple times per day. On the worst day, four of them were suffering from heat stroke and I brought them into my bathroom to cool off in the shower enclosure. I'm hoping this year is better and they've adapted some, because now that my girls are laying like crazy, I'd really like to breed them. My Biel roosters are, without a doubt, the best roosters EVER and the girls are big, meaty and super, super sweet. (I haven't eaten any of the girls....only the young cockerels, and they tasted fantastic.)
Just make sure you supply them with lots of shade and cool water in the summer and you stand a chance. Oh....and if you get rain, expect to see them standing out in it getting completely soaked. All of my Biels are addicted to rain showers, no matter how cold.