Just Joined this site, but have always looked up info for our flock from the beginning (advice from this site has been lifesaving so many times!). And will always have so much to learn, and will try to input any measures of flock care that has worked for us. We have about 28 in our mixed flock from Bielfelders to Serama/Silkie Bantam mixes (we're newbies only doing this for 2 years now). So far they do well in our High Desert climate. Hot summers and bitter (frosty) winters and high winds for half the year. It tunnels through the mountains directly towards us. One of the many questions to come that I have is if anyone knows what other breeds can do well in this kind of climate?? The breeds we currently have are Bielfelders, Silkie/Serama Bantams, Olive Eggers, Marans, Americaunas, EEs, RBL Wyandottes, Australorps, Salmon Faverolles (do better in winters here). Had buff ORPs but none of them did well in this climate unfortunately.