type of breeds that do good in hot weather


In the Brooder
6 Years
Aug 4, 2013
Nevada City, CA.

Over this past year (first year having chickens) I have had many unexpected events happen and hopefully will have a better year this coming. It gets in the 90 from June to August and feel that my birds along with myself struggled with it.
Would like to know what breeds do best with heat.


6 Years
Jul 24, 2013
Breeds with large comb and wattles do best in the heat. Most Mediterranean-class chickens are a good bet for hot climates. Here are some breeds that have great heat tolerance:

Mincorca, Leghorn, Ancona, White Faced Black Spanish, Catalana.

Most other breeds of chickens are able to withstand 90 degree temperatures pretty well. Sex-Links, Wyandottes, Australorps, Plymouth Rocks, and many other common breeds do just fine. Bantams, in particular, are often heat hardy.

Stay away from the heaviest feathered breeds, like Cochins, Orpingtons, and Silkies. They do not do quite as well in the heat. Though, of course, there are always examples of people who have kept them successfully in hot weather.

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