Raising Chickens in the Desert

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DesertChickens007, May 24, 2019.

  1. DesertChickens007

    DesertChickens007 Hatching

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    I live in Yuma, Arizona, and although we haven’t past 100°, the average temperature highs are as follows;

    June - 106°
    July - 110°
    August - 109°

    Due to City Zoning Codes, I am allowed 20 hens, and absolutely no roosters. Currently, I have 10 four week old chicks (all of various types), in a brooder, kept at 92° about 2 inches off the ground, indoors. Outside of the brooder, is AirConditioned at 75°.

    I am building a coop from an old wooden playhouse with tile floor and three double paned windows, along with a full sized door. Are there any tips to raising chickens in such a high climate, low humidity environment? I think dehydration is my main concern, and I have four or five solutions to making sure the chickens when ready to go outside will have several options to stay hydrated. What else should I be on the lookout for? What should I do to produce more eggs, or will I be able to produce eggs, when the temperature hits 120° outside
     
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  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Enabler

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    I have a few suggestions. First,,, I think you should discontinue giving them the heat of 92* since they are 4 weeks old.
    Second move.... is for you to post your request on the Arizona State thread.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/arizona-chickens.31227/page-6999
    There are many Knowledgeable peeps there willing to help with ALL YOUR QUESTIONS:thumbsup
    I hang out there as well.
    WISHING YOU BEST,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and :welcome
     
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