Brahmas heat tolerant?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by texas_chick, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seen books and online charts that say Standard Brahmas are het tolerant.
    Is that true? The birds looks so chucky and feathery. It seems counterintuitive...
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Mine tolerated last summers heat extremely well. Brahmas have a habit that I'd read about and then saw with my own flock. Let em out in the morning and they will forage until the day starts warming up. Then they find a place with lots of shade (and preferably a good breeze) and they'll stay there, barely moving, until the day starts to cool down again. Then they're off to forage again.
    Mine have picked our carport as their oasis. Shade all day and usually a good cross breeze.
    ETA: When it starts getting into the 90s I add poultry electrolytes to their water to help them cope. At those temps I'd add the electrolytes no matter the breed.
     
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  3. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I've had mine for years and never had a problem heat wise. I do add a box fan in the summer at times to help in the henhouse, but that's for all the chickens too. Always lots of fresh water and in extreme heat they get electrolytes added to the water.
     
  4. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info on the Electrolytes! I'll be sure to get some.
     
  5. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine is a banty hen, though she's done better than most of our birds.
     
  6. messianicmom

    messianicmom Out Of The Brooder

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    So you think that they could handle N. Ga. summers, when it's regularly in the 90's July through Aug.?

    We have Buff Orp. already and I put a box fan on them as well as ice cubes in the water and real cultured whey (has electrolytes) in the water, too. They still "pant", though; however, all have survived over the years.

    So can Brahmas survive, too?

    Thanks, Rachel
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I've lived in Florida, Georgia, east and west NC and am now in SW Arkansas. IMO, Arkansas summers are worse than any of those other places.
    My brahmas do fine with a box fan, plenty of cool water and electolytes if the temps. get really up there.
     
  8. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sunny side up :)
    I have a couple light brahma hens they do great here in the summer. They are easy going sturdy girls.
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I have two 5 yr old Brahma hens, a Lt and a Buff Brahma. They do better in the summer than my Delawares, believe it or not. They are loosely feathered, which may help. Mine are hatchery girls, still laying.
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I can't believe that my brahma girls will soon be 4 years old. Seems like only yesterday that they were cute little chicks in the brooder. Love my brahma girls.
     

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