HELP! Im currently living in a from a very hot arid desert. Can I keep chickens in this heat? The dh

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by DesertChickies, Jun 28, 2016.

  1. DesertChickies

    DesertChickies New Egg

    Jun 28, 2016
    The Desert!
    Ok so Ive always wanted to keep chickens, my husband, who is more rural than I am chuckles ( said I need a certain mentality to raise chickens , and being barefoot wasn't me/ oh the stereotyping! ) when I talk about living in the country. OK so I am a townie and yeah not rural at all, but its different with keeping chickens, right?

    So the other thing, we live in the Sahara desert, because of the dh's work. Its possible right?

    Hope you can help and advise!
  2. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

    Mar 20, 2012
    [​IMG] So glad you joined us! Keeping chickens in the desert is difficult, but totally possible. For starters, stick away from large breeds that are heavily feathered who overheat easily. Try to build a coop that's really well ventilated so there's a lot of air going through. With the run, shade will be super important. It would be great if you could put a fan or mister in there too to cool things off and keep the air flow. And as always, make sure there's plenty of water. So, it will be a challenge, and you'll have to be vigilant, but I'd say it's worth it! Good luck! [​IMG]
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. It may be an idea to see how the locals raise their chickens to get an idea of how to go about it.

    All the best
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. I really can't imagine any kind of poultry surviving those conditions.
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  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! I used to live in a semi-desert region in South Africa where the summer temperatures went up to 120*F and more sometimes. I had quite a large flock and never lost a bird to the heat. I made sure my coop was well ventilated with a good size gap below the roof all round, there was loads of shade where the flock could get out of the sun, I used to let the hose run in their run, so they had mud to scratch and puddles to stand in and keep their feet cool and on the hottest days I put ice in their water bowl, to keep the water cool. Hope this helps some!
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
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  7. DesertChickies

    DesertChickies New Egg

    Jun 28, 2016
    The Desert!
    Oh thats very cheering to hear!

    Thanks so much for taking the time to reply. Would you by any chance have any pictures?

    Also what breeds were in your flock?

    I'm looking into Sultans (Silkies) and the Egyptian Fayoumi ( I think thats what they are called).

    Me and the kids can't wait to start!

    Thanks once again!
  8. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's certainly not ideal and you are likely to face loses, but people do keep chickens in almost all climates including deserts, choose a high heat tolerant breed, provide plenty of water, shade and air movement, misters or fog coolers work well to cool an shaded area if there is ample water supply to run them...

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