BUff Orpingtons in heat?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Godiva, Jul 3, 2007.

  1. Godiva

    Godiva Songster

    May 17, 2007
    How have you other BO owners found your birds cope in the heat? I love the ones we have but Queenie really takes strain in the heat. However I only have one hen so I can't tell if it is just her or BO hens generally. The roos seem much on a par with the Sussex... IS this just an individual problem or should I go for another breed here in the south east? And if so which would you recommend and why? We want a gentle easy to handle dual purpose bird...
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    They may suffer a little more, but I have Buff Orps and Blue Orps and if they have plenty of air and you mist down the pens in the heat of the afternoon, plus they have access the good shade, they should be fine. One of my Buff Orps is even having to wear a saddle for roo protection in this awful heat, but she seems fine.
  3. annrich

    annrich Songster

    May 27, 2007
    Western NY
    My Buffs are very young and did ok in the heat. 2 of my older hens (RIR, and Americana**) get very cranky and pant in the heat. I mist them if its too hot and make sure lots of cold water is avail. They did ok. The misting from the hose scared some of my chickens. But the 2 cranky ones just sat there. I actual think it was the noise from the hose that scared them. That day it was 95 and very humid.
    I don't think its the breed. not sure however.
    Good luck,
  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I have 17 BO, and they do suffer some in the heat, being heavy breeds, however mine are doing ok. I keep thier water cool...and they have plenty shade and a fan in the coop. Most larger breeds will suffer some...just like people. Make sure they have plenty shade, cool water...and wet down the run late in the afternoon.
  5. Zenbirder

    Zenbirder Songster

    May 3, 2007
    New Mexico
    Emily, my pretty buff girl seems to be the first to pant of all my breeds. It is 102 degrees today, but only 6 percent humidity, thank goodness!
  6. Julie R

    Julie R In the Brooder

    May 23, 2007
    Right now i only have one buff girl that is outside with my roo, she seems to do fine in the heat - both of them are very active during early morning and settle down once the heat of day starts than start to get active again when things cool off - there have been times when i notice my roo KFC walking around inside the kidde pool the ducks use i cant tell if he thinks he is a duck or not LOL

    Julie R

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