Howdy everyone! My husband and I recently bought a house in North Texas and are planning to add a small backyard flock soon. We're interested in good layers who make good pets and can tolerate the heat. Haven't gotten our chicks yet, but they will probably be 4-5 total, made up of Ameracaunas/EEs, buff orpingtons, barred rocks, silver wyandottes, stars (if I can find them!), and hopefully a silkie just because they're so darn cute. This is mostly based on feed store availability, so I'm trusting that these are breeds that do fine in the heat despite what I've read.
I'm getting geared up to brood some day old chicks soon... but my main question for others in a similar climate is when do I get them? Everything I read says to get chickens in April/May, but by that time it is already very hot in Texas.. and certainly it will be VERY hot by June/July when they would be ready to go out to the coop. I'm assuming that like gardening the ideal start date would be sooner, but I can't seem to find any info on this. Anyone have experience?