Heat tolerant, dual purpose breed that needs conservation?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Godiva, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. Godiva

    Godiva Songster

    May 17, 2007
    I am still trying to figure out which breed is going to work for us here in SC. It gets hellish hot and humid in the summer here and so far the breeds I have had have been lovely except with how they cope with the heat! We want a chicken that can be a good layer as well as good eating for the extra roos. Ideally we would like to be part of 'helping' one of the breeds that is endangered. I also want a breed that is friendly and is generally non aggressive as we have small kids.

    Some of the breeds I am thinking of: Salmon Faverolles, Delawares, Australorps, Brahma (haven't heard great things about their laying abilities though...)

    We have had: Large cochins, Buff Orps, Welsummers, Speckled sussex. All of these are really nice but (except for the wellie who will be facing her first summer here) really don't cope with the heat well at all. The wellie roos are pretty slim pickin's for eating though and the Speckled Sussex are pretty tough to pluck. Otherwise I really like these breeds. Just want one that is not such high maintenance in this climate.
  2. abluechipstock

    abluechipstock Songster

    Jan 13, 2009
    fort ashby, wv
    maybe one from malasia, india or the islands, they should be used to heat and humidity, just a thought, or for fun turkens
  3. Godiva

    Godiva Songster

    May 17, 2007
    Do you know of any breeds from those places that fit my requirements relatively closely? Interested in the answer...
  4. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Songster

    Jun 2, 2008
    Salley SC
    When I moved to SC in July of 2006 I brought with me my Ameraucanas, Araucanas, Cochins, Buff Brahmas, RIRs, and Yokohamas. All these guys did just fine considering they had never really experienced any real high humidity, and had rode in a truck for 2680 miles.
  5. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Dominiques! [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. Bornacentury2L8

    Bornacentury2L8 Songster

    Mar 10, 2009
    Cartersville, Ga.
    I have a friend who has Buff Orphingtons here in Ga. They lay good and are like lap dogs. I helped him change a tire once and they stood around us in case we needed help. He loves them and I plan to get some.
  7. wclawrence

    wclawrence Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    Paulding County Georgia
    I am just curious and wanted to know, what kind of problems did your other birds have in the heat? I live in Ga and it gets hot and humid here too, but I have never had any problems except for when hens try to raise babies in the hot hot summertime.
  8. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I'd also like to know what problems you had with the heat. We all need to learn.

    The Australorp is not endangered, but it is supposed to continue laying in the heat.
  9. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Crowing

    Jan 25, 2008
    Northern KY

    Buckeyes do very well here in our hot/humid KY summers, and equally well in the cold we sometimes get. They are on the ALBC list as Critical, and are heritage birds. They lay well, are personable, the cock birds are generally good tempered, and they are not flighty.

    I love them. LMK if you want more info on the breed, happy to help.
  10. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    You might see if you could email the SPPA honcho (name Charles Everett, IIRC) and ask his advice -- he lives in SC if I remember correctly. Contact info at http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/SPPA/SPPA.html

    would want to emphasize to him that you want docile nonagressive breed because you have kids -- I say this because his own tastes seem to run towards Asils and things like that.

    Good luck, have fun,


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