Suggestions on a breed that lays well and can tolerate hot weather.

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by hoog, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. hoog

    hoog Songster

    I live in SW Oklahoma and I need advice on what chickens to keep.

    Housing: Free run of fenced in 1/2 acre with a 8'x8' coop.
    Weather: Summer several weeks of 100+
    Winter a few days a year of 32- but
    Little Rain
    Lots of wind
    Land: Dry sandy dirt covered with Fescue grass and four 20' trees.

    Last year I had a problem with my birds overheating. I even lost one to heatstroke. I don't want to have fight high temperatures all summer with my birds again. So I am looking for a breed more adapted to this dry hot climate.

    I was planning on keeping Orpingtons because they’re good mothers, super tasty, and my favorite chickens.
    I also want a chicken that lays a lot of eggs and can tolerate the hotter climate, also less important is that it is a cross so I can eat the roos and somewhat to very friendly.

    Anyone have any advice for breed that would thrive in those conditions and meet those requirements?

  2. tataharris

    tataharris Songster

    Jul 28, 2007
    Calvin, Oklahoma
    [​IMG] I live in SE Oklahoma, and I have Dominiques.

    They are very hardy for cold and hot, and they lay very well.

    My roo is very docile.

    I have had these for about 4 years now, and I haven't lost any to weather issues.

    Hope that helps!! [​IMG]
  3. Rennie

    Rennie Songster

    Oct 28, 2009
    Derbyshire, England
    Living in england, we dont really get to the temps your talking about often, But i have a few orpingtons and love them, They are my fave breed too.

    All my girls seem to do is eat sunbath and lay eggs .. Im sure with enough water and shade they would be able to survive in any environment- They are also HUGE so are bound to be very meaty..I wouldnt eat one however couldnt find the heart too [​IMG]
  4. Timmy

    Timmy Songster

    Nov 12, 2009
    American games do well in the heat, lay good and are great mothers.
  5. hoog

    hoog Songster

    Quote:Unfortunately, overzealous anti-cockfighting laws could be read to prohibit American Game Birds in this area.

    It seems it's always extremes in this country [​IMG]
  6. math ace

    math ace Crowing

    Dec 17, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    I will chime in . . ... Have you thought about DELAWARES ? ?

    The roos are incredible - - BIG and SWEET! These birds LOVE to free range.

    One of the well known breeders of them lives in Salina, Oklahoma. .. . So, they have to be acclimated to your weather.

    The girls lay large eggs and like to go broody too.....
  7. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    I've heard that Java's do quite well in warm weather. They're also excellent layers of white eggs.

  8. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    I provided frozen water bottles last summer in the 100+ degree weather, but my buff orpingtons tolerated the heat really well. They never stopped laying.
  9. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Songster

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    turkens are heat tolerant and lay very well
  10. Luckytaz

    Luckytaz Songster

    Mar 28, 2010
    Rogers, Mn.
    Most of the Mediterranean breeds lay well, and are very heat tolerant.

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