Hi, Chicken Lovers! from So Cal

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Miss Betsy, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. Miss Betsy

    Miss Betsy New Egg

    Feb 5, 2009
    My name is Betsy and I'm new to the forum. I live in the high desert of Southern California (northeast Los Angeles County) and don't have chickens... yet. Technically, my city zoning forbids it, but I don't think my neighbors will complain, especially if they get some fresh eggs every once in a while! I just want a few girls, three or four at most.

    If anyone has ideas on the type of breed I should get, I'd really appreciate the help! I fell in love with the idea of Buff Orpingtons after reading about them, but don't know if they could handle the summer climate. [​IMG] Our summers are generally around 105 degrees (but it's a dry heat!) daily (tolerable for me if I'm in the shade), and winters get down into the 30s and 20s (occasionally colder) at night.

    I'm also considering whether the climate requires insulation in the coop? Any and all ideas welcome![​IMG]
  2. omelette'smom

    omelette'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Welcome!! My best advise is to look at Henderson's Breed Chart and it will have a column for "heat and cold" hardiness. I myself love my redstars!! They are the most outgoing and one of them always follows me in the house!! I give her the good treats in secret:lol: They're good eggers and good natured!!
  3. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN.
  4. pw_quiltworks

    pw_quiltworks One Handy Chick

    Jan 7, 2009
    From Old Town, Maine
  5. Miss Betsy

    Miss Betsy New Egg

    Feb 5, 2009
    Thanks, omelet'smom! Great Advice -- I had gone through the breed chart before seeing your reply, but didn't notice the Red Star on it. Right before checking back here I was surfing through McMurray's and read their description. I think you're right, they should be perfect![​IMG]
  6. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan

    Glad to have you here! [​IMG]
  7. Padre

    Padre Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 28, 2008
    Lebanon, TN
    [​IMG] to the Lunatic Frindge! Enjoy your stay
  8. wingnut1

    wingnut1 Crazy Bird Lady

    Hi, Betsy! And [​IMG]

    I used to live in Thousand Oaks - and have relatives that live in Lancaster, CA - if they have shade, and you can give them some ventilation - orps should be fine!!! I am in Mississippi now - not quite as hot, but very humid and they do fine with a box fan, lots of water, and shade... Have fun!!!! [​IMG]
  9. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi Miss Betsy,

    Welcome to BYC. I'm on the coast. Nice to see some other folks around SoCal here.

    Are you near Lancaster? I ask because the owner of one the feed stores I go to in the O.C. uses Red Wing Hatchery in Lancaster. They may be a good source to tell you what breeds do best in the high desert outside L.A. Maybe you could get your birds there. Here is the info I have found.

    49001 100TH St E
    Lancaster, Calif.
    1-661-946-2830 or

    See you around BYC and good luck,
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2009
  10. GracefulBantams

    GracefulBantams Hatching and Showing

    Oct 10, 2007
    Hi, [​IMG]
    From Grace in Okla [​IMG]

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