Which breeds handle the heat?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Flock In Texas, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. Flock In Texas

    Flock In Texas Songster

    Aug 7, 2016
    I live in NE Texas. Temps vary between occasional teens in the Winter to several days of 100+ in the Summer. I will be beginning construction of the coop soon, but I need to know what breeds handle the heat best or at least what breeds I need to avoid.
  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010
    Avoid Silkies. Those fluff balls can't be temperamental when it comes to climate extremes. Game fowl are a hardy breed but they may not make good eating. Stay away from the rare breeds and try to buy from a local source whose chickens are tried and true to your area. In any case your concern will be the heat- keep your coop well ventilated, roomy and shady. Even in the winter you will need air circulating as chickens produce lots of moisture and CO2-not to mention the feces producing ammonia and other odors.

    Hope this helps.
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  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    Mediterranean breeds are all from hot climates, so they'll be good. Leghorns, Andalusians, Mincoras. Thing is, they're all pretty much white egg layers [​IMG]. One or two is nice, but most of us backyard folks don't want all white eggs.

    Most of your dual purpose birds will do well. It sounds counter-intuitive cause they're black, but Australorps were developed for the Aussie desert and heat, and they do well. Rocks, sex links, Reds, those are all good.

    If the naked neck thing doesn't skeeve you out, you might look at Turkens. Not only do they have the naked neck, they're supposed to have less feathers overall, so they'd be cooler.
  4. Turk Raphael

    Turk Raphael Songster

    May 14, 2014
    The Blue Grass State
    If I lived in a very hot climate, I'd have nothing but Naked Necks. The cold desert nights wont bother them either.
  5. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    Black Australorps are good layers.
    Production Reds are made for anything...my friend has not but PR's and they have been laying year round in Houston's Heat.

    Do you want chickens for pets, eggs,meat?
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  6. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    Hey Flock...
    You might want to check out this thread:

    There are many people from all over Texas on it.
    If you asked this question there ...I bet you would probably have neighbors(your area) on that thread who can tell you what they have.

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