Hello (also) from Phoenix area

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Gimpy Quail, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. Gimpy Quail

    Gimpy Quail Songster

    Aug 21, 2014

    We have been considering getting chickens, but have also been considering quail. I am joining the forum to learn more about the unique challenges we may face in keeping birds in the climate of the Sonoran Desert.

    I look forward to hearing the advice of those more experienced.

    ( I see someone else from Phoenix just joined the forum a couple days ago. We are in the outskirts of Phoenix.)
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm a chicken person and don't know much about quail (never had any), but they are sure cute little birds. You can get in contact with our quail experts at https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/48/quail. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your quail.
  3. N F C

    N F C no time like snow time

    Dec 12, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! This is a great place to find out all things bird. If you have specific questions, just post. You could also try using the Search box right under the BYC logo for ideas on how to deal with heat issues.

    We're in FL and have heat too, plus a lot of humidity. Between those 2 factors, for example, today we ended up with a heat index of about 98 degrees. Our chickens are in a covered run during the day and we frequently change their water to keep it fresh, plus I wet the floor down so they can feel a bit cooler. Cold treats are always welcome too! In their coop, there are plenty of windows and a big fan to keep the air flowing.

    Glad to have you here, let us know what you end up with...chickens or quail.
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2014
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Feel free to ask plenty of questions! We are all here to help. [​IMG]
  6. incredagem

    incredagem Hatching

    Aug 21, 2014
    Phoenix AZ
    How funny ! I'm in Phoenix too and just joined today !
    The more the merrier right.

  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    You can connect with others in your state thread here....https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/31227/arizona-chickens

    You have been given lots of great links to follow from the others. I keep Bobwhite quail and chickens. Quail are not at all like chickens and require a bit more attention to detail. Fun little birds, but some of them are a challenge to keep. Good luck and welcome to our flock!
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Your best bet would be to subscribe to your state thread and ask your questions there.

    They would know the best breeds for the climate,. Where to get your feed & supplies, and what type of coop and run you need .

    I knew someone in Phoenix and they had an air conditioned coop. It doesn't have to be kept cold. Even 10 degrees less than the outside temperature will feel much cooler inside.

    You need shade, shade and more shade - natural or artificial. If no a/c fans kept out of chickens reach will help a lot. Moving air always feels cooler than stagnant.

    Frequent changes of cold water, misting hoses, frozen gallon water jugs set around so birds can be near them helps mightily. Some birds like to stand in shallow water to cool off their feet.

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