Heat/Cold tollerant breeds

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by carousel, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. carousel

    carousel Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    NW Oregon
    I have a friend who lives High Desert in Southern CA
    She is is currently building a coop and we have been looking at breeds.

    In the Summer 110 or hotter happens! But it as they say "is a dry heat"
    in the winter it is often in the 20s at night.

    The chickens will have a secure coop as well as being able to range in a large fenced area 60x80' - She also has horses and dogs and knows how to care for animals in general in the heat.

    Does she need to be concerned about any breeds not being able to handle the heat?
    she is looking at the following breeds

    Silver Laced Wyandottes
    Plymoth Rock barred or Partridge
    Easter egger
    Black Australorp
    Sex links
    Rhode Island Red

  2. @migocontodos

    @migocontodos In the Brooder

    Jan 11, 2007
    Commonwealth Of Virginia
    I think all of those are pretty good breeds for what the friend is looking.
    No doubt, they will all show more signs of heat distress than with the cold.
    When it gets that hot, what can handle it with ease!?
  3. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Songster

    Oct 29, 2007
    Brahmas, Delawares and RIR's.
  4. Kev

    Kev Crowing

    Jan 13, 2008
    Sun City, California
    Hey, I live in the low desert, our summers always are 110-120F every day.

    I would say most of those listed should do ok, except I did have Welsummers, the roosters died during the summers which surprised me but there it is.

    I know people in the area who have or had sex links, RIR and EE, those had no or few problems with the heat.

    I would not recommend any large breed with leg feathering, including Brahmas, a friend was a Brahma breeder, she did have problems with some roosters and occasional hen suffering heat stroke.. she had to go all out with water and cooling methods to prevent problems with hers.

    The best breed as for the summers are Naked Necks(Turkens), they tolerate the cold well, there are plenty of people who have them out in the midwest so 20's should not be a problem for them. My flock has a lot of naked necks, they just seem to go through the summers better than anything else. Your friend should give 2 or 3 pullets a try..
  5. carousel

    carousel Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    NW Oregon
    Thanks for the feedback do far,
    for those in HOT climates are there some breeds that I listed that lay better in the heat?
    I understand what great stress heat puts on animals, just curious.
  6. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    Raymond, Mississippi
    If she would be interested in bantams, I just read that Serama bantams do GREAT in temps 90 to 100 degrees F. However, if the temp drops below 40 degrees F, you may need to provide a light near their roost for extra warmth. The article I read suggested placing them in a warm room with the lights on below 40. My Silkie Serama breeding pair have been just fine at 28 degrees F closed up in the coop. The whole coop is made of tin, and I use deep Pine Shavings on the floor of the coop.
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2008
  7. cgmccary

    cgmccary Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    NE Alabama
    Egyptian Fayoumis are very heat tolerant and exteremely disease resistant too. Also, great layers! Another woule be Turkens (Naked Necks).
    chickenmeadow likes this.
  8. chickenmeadow

    chickenmeadow Crowing

    Jun 14, 2009
    Southern Oregon
    My Coop
    My Black Australorps lay best in the colder weather, I read a breed description & choose them for cold tolerance. Their black feathers seem to absorb heat more , so they stay warmer in winter weather, they are running true to that. My Ameraucanas seem to be better summer/heat layers. The two work well as layers year round here in Oregon. Best wishes.
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2018
  9. Ponyfeather

    Ponyfeather Songster

    Feb 26, 2014
    Wyandottes aren't overly dry heat tolerant. I had two and they suffered quite a bit during our local heat. We had to put out frozen milk jugs of water to keep them from being 100% miserable. They laided well in the winter but I don't think I'd ever choose them again because of the cushion comb which limits how well they can cool themselves.

    I second Egyptian Fayoumis. Also, leghorns, Andalusians, Golden Campines and Sicilian Buttercups would all work. I think it'd be easier to heat a coop at night then lose a chicken to the heat.

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