Best Time to Buy Baby Chicks in Phoenix is November

Why? It’s much easier to keep baby chicks warm then trying to keep them cool… which is impossible.

Most parts of the country raise chicks in Springtime when the weather is mild. This gives the birds plenty of time to mature through the summer months and be fully feathered by Fall. Not the case here in Phoenix because extreme temperatures of 100+ can start as early as May and by June, reach 110+.

These conditions are not suitable for baby chicks, being this hot in a confined brooder is not only stressful, but can be life threatening. Chicks need to have a heat source, yes, this is true, but also need to be able to get away from it to stay comfortable.

Improper brooder temperatures also increase the onset of pasty butt (fecal impaction.) For these reasons, in Phoenix, it’s best to start chicks in November, and by April they are mature enough to slowly acclimate to our rising temperatures.
Remember, It’s much easier to keep baby chicks warm then trying to keep them cool… which is impossible.

Chicks are Best Kept Outdoors

Raising chicks outdoors in a shed, barn, or garage is the best place to keep your baby chicks in November. They will most likely only need a radiant heat source. If the weather turns colder at night, a low wattage heat lamp may assist in keeping the brooder temperature steady. You can buy low wattage heat bulbs in the reptile section at your local pet or feed store. I usually use a red 75 or 100 watt bulb if the brooder temperature drops below 60 degrees.

Assuming you have your chicks in a small brooder, the standard 250 watt bulbs are way to hot for the moderate winters here. If they’re in a large enclosure, a 250 (red) watt is okay in a corner, just make sure your chicks have enough space escape from the heat. More on using radiant heat & heat lamps.

Where Do I Buy My Chicks?

If I want a particular breed and can’t find it locally, my #1 source is Ideal Hatchery. I’ve never had a shipping problem, and they usually have those special hard to find breeds I’m looking for.

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Caring for Chickens when Temperatures Rise | TBN Ranch

All you Need to Know is in this Article

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In most parts of the country keeping chickens in the summer heat is merely keeping them comfortable. But not here, in Phoenix, Arizona it’s a matter of keeping them alive in temperatures that can easily exceed 115 degrees… for months.
Keeping chickens in extreme heat is serious business and I’ve got all the information you need HERE to keep your flock healthy during this difficult time.

Do I know what I’m talking about? You bet, my flock has experienced temperatures in the 120’s. Any fatalities? Zero in the last eight years. In my novice years as a chicken keeper I lost birds when the temps were only in the 90’s… now I share what I’ve learned to help others avoid this tragedy.

 

 

Bobcat on Property

A bobcat has been hanging around TBN Ranch for about a year and a half now, and although beautiful, this is definitely an unwelcome guest on our property. Strange considering our farm is located in a highly populated residential area within the city limits of Phoenix. Yeah, that’s right, residential. We still have acreage, and all the rights to have farm animals, even though the city has now surrounded us with master planned communities, convenience stores, and fast food. Kinda cool actually!
Back to the bobcat…

I’m fairly certain, about a year ago, this is the cat that popped over our 6ft block wall, grabbed one of my Silkie hens and took off with her. I was VERY nearby when she took that hen, so obviously this big cat doesn’t feel the least bit threatened by humans.

What to do? Well… nothing. It’s illegal to shoot it, and from what I’ve read, Bobcats don’t relocate well. They often don’t survive in a new territory, and I certainly don’t want it to starve or suffer. I just want this beautiful predator to go away!

What I can do is protect my flock. √ DONE. And… our little dog. √ DONE.