The Wyandottes are laying, but still waiting on the slow maturing Easter Egger. Although seven months is average for the Easter Egger, it is now three weeks past seven months. No worries… just fashionably late.
A week early, but temperatures are on the rise and my 5 week old chicks will be more comfortable in the chicken yard than in the brooder shed. Today it’s expected to reach 100 degrees, with a low of 68-70. Welcome to Phoenix little ladies, the summers here are far from paradise. By June temps will average 105, and July is worse, when there are days that can hit 115+.
The chicken yard is shady and set up where there is plenty of air flow. They’ll be happier having the ability to lay in cool dirt. The brooder shed is ideal for raising chicks in our winter months, but I started chicks late this year. It’s easy to keep chicks warm, but keeping them cool is a whole different story. So here they are, in the big girl pen.
I think girls are feathered enough, especially the Wyandottes (black ones.) The Ameraucanas (white) are a slower to mature, but they are mostly feathered, tonight they will huddle together for warmth if they need it.
It can be a challenge keeping chickens in extreme heat, but they manage if you provide them with the tools they need. Here’s a helpful article explaining how to raise chickens when temperatures are crazy high…
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During these uncertain times, it’s understandably a worry when you have shop for the farm or pick up feed. I want to pass some reassurance your way and give TSC (Tractor Supply Co.) a big thumbs up for having online shopping with curbside pick-up. I was able to get everything I needed, called when I arrived to the store and my order (a truck load) was brought out by an employee who put it all in my truck! No worries, shop TSC if you have one in your neck of the woods.