Greetings from Abu Dhabi, UAE

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by desertchook, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. desertchook

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    Hello! I'm very pleased to be a new member of this forum. Having raised chickens in the US and the UK, I have decided to try raising chickens at our new home in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The climate here is very harsh. Abu Dhabi is a coastal desert where summer temperatures reach 120 degrees or more with high humidity. In the past we have had Rhode Island Reds and related crosses, but this time we opted for "local Arabic chickens" (not further identified) because they were reported to be more tolerant of the intense heat and harsh climate conditions. I would be very interested to hear from anyone in the region who has experience with raising chickens in a desert - or anyone who might know what breed (or combination of breeds) a "local Arabic chicken" might be. Here is a photo of one of my hens.

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  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Wow the temperatures there do sound very harsh! Maybe you could start a new thread in the where am where are you section of the forum here is the link https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you Hopefully you will be able to connect with other chicken people in your area.

    Hope you enjoy BYC :frow
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Good luck with your chickens!
     
  5. AmericanKraut

    AmericanKraut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome and salaam! [​IMG]

    The Egyptian Fayoumi is a desert hardy chicken but from the description of them in that link, they sound a bit tough to keep. Here are some other Heat-Hardy Chickens and people in these forums in the very hot, arid parts of Arizona etc might be a good place to start. Availability in UAE will probably vary a lot, though, I imagine? I would suggest maybe heading to Al Ain or some other place where you might get in contact with bedouin people that possibly have kept chickens in the region for generations. They're very hospitable and friendly, and if they keep chickens (although it'd be tough there they may know of others in other areas that do), you'll probably get some advice and maybe even leave with a couple. Just a thought.

    Welcome to BYC! I'm new here, too, and it's been a great place to learn!
     
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  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    Good luck with your flock!
     
  7. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    @AmericanKraut has given you good advice.
     
  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     

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