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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.
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.
Got Chickens? Here’s Help
We’re living in an oven. Today 114, tomorrow through Wednesday we are flirting with a chance of temperatures reaching 120 degrees. Keeping chickens is a challenge to say the least, but it can be done with the right survival tools.
Chicken keepers have extra duties during this time, every flock is at serious risk of heat stroke /exhaustion. Making sure they have shade is #1 priority, also try and provide a mister and fan. If you don’t have either, don’t keep them confined. Allow them to dig a hole in the dirt under a tree or bush, preferably with a hose nearby on a slow stream or drip. More Information
Important: Don’t bring them inside the house, it will be difficult for them to acclimate to the heat when returned outdoors.
Meal worms and lettuce. No thanks I’ll pass, but the hens are sure happy! Summer has arrived and although we’ve been experiencing cooler than normal temperatures, today will will be around 100 degrees. Well it was nice while it lasted, next week 103, next month, 110-115. Month after, monsoon floods, wicked winds, and dust storms. Yes, I moved here on purpose, lol.
My garden is blooming, this stunning wall of flowers will thrive all summer and well into November.
The mystery is over since yesterday’s sighting of this beautiful bird. I learned these birds are Peach-faced Lovebirds. There’s a website dedicated to these birds with lots of information about their existence in Phoenix. I’ve lived in Phoenix for 25 years and have never seen this bird! I’m honored to have their presence on our little farm. Below is a link to learn more about these pretty parrots who now call Phoenix home even though their natural habitat is so very far away.
Peach-faced Lovebird Range Expansion Data in Greater Phoenix, Arizona Area
Citizen Science reported nest and roost information
The Peach-faced Lovebird is a very pretty small parrot native to South-western Africa. Like many caged birds, accidental releases in urban areas are common. Unlike most accidental releases, this parrot has the potential to rapidly adapt to desert habitats in Arizona… CONTINUE READING