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. 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!