Buff Orpingtons heat tolerant?

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  1. papersnipart

    papersnipart New Egg

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    Hello! I live in North Florida and I recently read somewhere that Buff Orpingtons don't like heat. :( We get temps into upper 90s during the summer (May - October). Is this going to be ok?
     
  2. willowbranchfarm

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined!!! [​IMG] I have Buff Orpingtons and it gets to the upper 90s in the summer for me too. Ive had no problem with them. Make sure they have cold water at all times (I put ice in it) and shade. Some people use fans in their coops. Good luck!!
     
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  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] As willowbranchfarm said, provide shade and fresh/cool water and they will do fine.
     
  4. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!!
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    Glad you joined us!!!
     
  5. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from washington state glad you joined us!
     
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I have two buffs in my flock here in Kansas and this previous summer was HOT! None of my chickens liked it, that's for sure. I actually had one of the buffs have what looked like what I would call heat stroke...found her in the coop, laying on her side, eyes closed, breathing very heavily. I took her inside where it was cool, gave her water through a eye dropper, and let her rest. She slowly came around and by the next morning she was fine. They would not be the breed I would choose for super hot weather but the day I mentioned this happening was the hottest we had so I consider it more of an anomaly than anything else.
     
  8. papersnipart

    papersnipart New Egg

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    Thanks for all the advice!
     
  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] from California, good luck.
     
  10. Sk8inChick(en)

    Sk8inChick(en) Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there!

    I don't have any Buff Orps myself, but it seems like I've read that they're a reasonably heat-tolerant breed. I have Brahmas, with heavily feathered legs and feet, and they withstood our summer just fine. On some of the worst days, when temps reached 105+ degrees, we would put the hose on the mist setting and put a fan in front of it. The girls seemed to appresiate this, and they would settle down in front of the fan. At night, we left all of the ventialtion windows open, and put a fan up to one of the openings. They got through our horrendous summer without a problem.

    Your birds may be different, but I think a fan in the coop is always a good idea in the summer. Just be sure that the chickens have a place to go where they can avoid the fan. Drafts can be a problem even in the summer.

    Best of luck with everything!

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