Starting a small flock in Tucson

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by DesertSilkieHen, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. DesertSilkieHen

    DesertSilkieHen Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 21, 2015
    Tucson, Arizona
    Hello all,

    I had chickens throughout my childhood and in college but have been without them due to frequent moves and apartment-living. Now that I'll be in one place for the foreseeable future I've decided to rent a house so I can get chickens again.

    I had silkies for about a decade and am planning on getting 3-5 hens (to start) to keep in my new backyard in Tucson. Although I've also owned rhode island reds, seabrights, ameraucanas and a few other breeds (and unintentional crosses), I found that silkies make the best pets.

    I'm going to build a chicken coop before getting them and need to make it sturdy and predator-proof (as well as cool) as I'll be living on the border of Saguaro National Park in Tucson. Any advice on coop-building and ways to keep silkies cool during the 110+ degree summers would be appreciated.

    I'd also appreciate any suggestions on where to buy healthy silkies in Arizona or southern California. I originally wanted chicks but don't want to have to get rid of any if they turn out to be roosters so I'm thinking that getting hens might be the way to go.

    My parents and I used this forum for advice when we owned chickens years ago and I'm pleased to be joining the community.
  2. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
  3. DesertSilkieHen

    DesertSilkieHen Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 21, 2015
    Tucson, Arizona
    Thanks NorthFLChick! I'll read through the thread. :)
  4. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    My friend has silkies in one of the Chicago suburbs- they do not deal well with heat. and aren't fond of cold extremes either. I don't know if they can tolerate the kind of heat you mentioned. Some Arizona chicken folks, have air conditioners in their coop. They don't need low temps. Even 10 degrees less than outdoors would probably make a difference for them.

    You may want to post on the "Silkie thread," and ask if others are raising them in such conditions and how they manage it.
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  7. Frindizzle

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
  8. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!


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