I don't have chickens yet but I'm planning to get three RIR and one Bufforpington I want to get them as chicks but I don't want them to overheat ( I live in AZ ) so what should I do?
I had the Australorp's before I started doing these Naked Neck's. We can get up to 118-F heat here in the summer, and the Australorp's pant a lot during that. The hen's also seem to pick that time to go broody, and can die in the nest box. You have to put mister's up for them to help to keep them cool, and then they will stand under them almost constantly. All of that water on them ruin's the look of the feather's. I sold all of my Australorp's to a lady in Colorado where they would be cooler, so that the B/B/S Australorp could live a better more comfortable life.Australorps are known for their heat tolerance- the breed originated in Australia apparently. They are good layers and very nice!
I’ve only had one of the breed until this year (I’m adding 3-5, just depends on how many of the little ones I keep) and while it only hits 100 here for a week or so, she does great during the hot streaks while the others (Brahma, leg horns and barred rock) all take breaks from egg laying.