Best and Worst Heat Tolerant Chickens

Most chicken keepers are more concerned about cold tolerant breeds. But if you live in the Sonoran desert, the scorching heat is by far a bigger problem.  Before you order your Spring chicks keep in mind these three breeds for heat hardiness. They’ve proved to me over and over to be the real survivors of the flock.

Best

  • Ameraucana
  • Dominique  (Best of heavy breeds)
  • Polish
  • Silkie
  • Bantams in General

Heavy birds are harder to keep in hot weather, especially if they are confined. They may survive, but heat stress does effect egg production. However, it’s not always just heavy breeds I find intolerant. These are the breeds I’ve had the least success with in extreme temperatures of 110 – 117.

Worst

  • Orpington
  • Leghorn
  • Most Heavy Breeds in General
  • Rhode Island Reds

I’ve eliminated the Rhode Islands from my flock not because they don’t survive the heat… they absolutely do. However, they become extremely agitated in brutal heat and all the other members of the flock pay the price. This breed may lay all summer without interruption, but they can sure disrupt the harmony of a flock when they are uncomfortable in high temperatures.

In my opinion, the real trooper in the worst weather conditions is the Ameraucana, and they’re good layers too! But don’t pick this breed if your looking for a pal, this is the loser breed as far as I’m concerned. The perfect word describing this breed is ALOOF.

The Ameraucana, or often called the Easter Egger lays blue/green eggs, and you can expect approximately four medium-large eggs per week.

Learn more about the Ameraucana.

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Best Classroom Incubator and Brooder Kit

If you’re looking for the best COMPLETE kit for hatching baby chicks in the classroom, this is it. The key to an enjoyable experience is being prepared with the proper set-up. This incubator and brooder kit is from a reputable company who will stand by their product.

You can also expect a friendly and knowledgeable staff that will be happy to help you with ANY questions you might have along the way.

Order the kit first, then ask a Murray McMurray  representative about how and when to order hatching eggs. It’s that easy!

Note: Make sure you’ve arranged a place for your chicks to go once they’ve hatched. Craig’s list in ‘Farm & Garden’ is the best place to re-home baby chicks. They’ll probably go fast if you price them at $3.00 ea. Remember what breed they are, that will be important to many chicken keepers.

Order at Murray McMurray $299

Everything you will need to incubate, hatch and brood, plus a book and a poster are included in this kit. You will receive:

  • 1) Full View Picture Window Incubator includes: electronic thermostat, fan and automatic egg turner.
  • 2) The book Guide to Better Hatching.
  • 3) Candling Device used to check the progress of development.
  • 4) Brooder – After the birds are dry from hatching use the accompanying brooder to continue the healthy growth of chicks. This brooder is made of heavy galvanized wire mesh, wire floor and approx 1 1/2” to 2″ deep set-in plastic tray. There are clips on the side of the cage for easy removal and cleaning of the bottom pan. The brooder is to be used in a room that is approximately 70 degrees with no direct drafts. The brooder holds 30 chicks for up to 10 days. It is easily assembled. The brooder kit includes:
    • (a) Brooder Cage measuring 30” W x 18” L x 18” H.
    • (B) Plastic poultry Waterer.
    • (c) Snap on Feeder.
    • (d) 5 lbs. of Chick Feed, 1 lb. Grit. and 4oz Quik Chik
    • (e) Single Bulb Brooder Lamp with Infra-Red Heat Bulb
    • (f) Brooder Thermometer

      Order the Classroom Incubator and Brooder Kit at Murray McMurray Hatchery

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