by For Love of Livestock
Designing a chicken coop ramp should be easy, right? It sure seems that way, but the second you sit down to do it, you realize you have loads of questions. How steep should it be? How wide should it be? Does it need cleats or rungs? If so, what size should those be? How far apart should those be? Continue Reading
Hazel hatched March 18th, an Ameraucana Easter Egger.
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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