I'm from the Central Valley. It's consistently hot during the summer (reaching triple digits at times) and cool during the winter. I decided to raise chickens as I need an SAE project for FFA. Tomorrow I'm getting the supplies for the brooder and will be buying chicks from a local store. I'm going with rhode island reds for eggs and meat. I haven't built the coop yet, but I will a week before they're ready to leave the brooder. 7 hens and 1 rooster.