I am in AZ, and my Boyfriend and I inherited 6 chickens about 2 months ago. A friend could no longer keep them so he gave them to us and built us a coop too! We have a 3 year old German Shepherd (who enjoys chasing birds out of the yard), so before the chickens came we bought 4 chicks to help acclimate her to the birds that she shouldn't chase. It worked pretty well, but there is more training to do there. Unfortunately, temperatures here took a swift increase and in the span of a few days went from mid 90's to 117 degrees. We lost 2 of the big chickens which broke my heart. We took some ideas from BYC and experienced chicken owners and the remaining 4 have done very well since implementing a few changes. We're working out a few kinks but so far I really enjoy keeping chickens. Hope everyone has a great day!