heat tolerant breeds

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by embkm, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. embkm

    embkm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone have suggestions for which breeds are best for hot summers? Breeds that not only survive but still lay decent? I am getting a few leghorns, but I really would like some brown egg layers too. It would be really great if they are friendly too, or at least not mean.
     
  2. FrizzleFreak

    FrizzleFreak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Big combs=better heat tolerance. I would go with a Mediterranean breed, like Minorca, Leghorn, etc. I don't think there are any brown egg layers form that region. Of course, there are Egyptian Fayoumis, which are adorable, but I don't know where you'd find any. I think they white eggs, but I have read that they are very good layers.
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I got my chickens last year in April. They didn't start to lay until September.

    They survived 115 a couple of times last year.

    I have some leghorns now with some in the bator.

    We'll see how we do this year.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Despite their large size and small comb, brahmas do very well in the heat.
    They lay a beautiful roundish pink/brown egg.
     
  5. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Australorps are very good with extreme temps. We have over 100 degree heat in the summer here and mine never stopped laying. Nice big brown eggs. I got mine as chicks and they are my friendliest, most curious birds.. always first to run to me when I got outside and
    first out of the coop door when I let them out to free range. Its my fav breed. My others are Marans and EE who are sporadic layers in the heat.


    Nancy
     
  6. embkm

    embkm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks Nancy. I think I will add Australorps to my list! I really want one that lays in the summer. My Rocks I used to have slowed down to about 1 egg/ day out of 6 hens during the summer.

    FrizzleFreak- Thanks, but I am already getting leghorn pullets. They really are the only Mediterranean breed I like. And none that I know lay brown eggs.

    Mahonri- Do you currently have leghorns? Are they mean? I expect flighty out of them, but dont want mean.

    gritsar- Are Brahmas feather legged? I have never seen any around here, so I would have to look into having some shipped if I get those. Maybe after my incy is done, I'll try to order some eggs!
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Yes they are feather legged. They are the only breed I have and I adore them.
    For eggs, you might contact a BYC member by the username tuffoldhen. She has beautiful brahmas. She may ship some eggs.
     

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