The heat is creeping around the corner and once again we are preparing for the brutal days ahead of summer in Phoenix!
The barn is ready with a new GIANT fan, repaired shade cloths, and new fasteners. New larger drinkers are in place, and numerous water troughs have been put in the different areas my chickens frequent. Even the hoses have been replaced!
With any luck at all, I won’t have anything to leak, break or blow/float away when it’s a billion degrees outside, or when the high winds of monsoon season arrive sometime in July. In case you think I’m exaggerating, here’s a glimpse of what happened just a few years ago. TBN Ranch in Ruins after Monsoon Micro Burst. Hope that NEVER happens again, pretty sure positive my insurance company agrees!
The Chicken Barn at TBN Ranch Today
All you Need to Know is in this Article
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.
There’s actually a gray sky and rain is really happening, in Phoenix! What a nice change. It’s been super cool here too, another oddity. The flock is a bit out of sorts however, as much as they would like to look for bugs in the rain, they are all cooped up in the barn. After a bout with mites, and a lengthy treatment I might add, the last thing they need is to be wet. Lucky for them, rain doesn’t linger here, it most likely will be over today… then for possibly months.
The girls seem happy enough in confinement, they have fresh shavings to play in, and of course, special treats in the feeder to keep them busy.
To most folks, winter means months of cold and snow. Here it means chilly nights averaging around 40 degrees. We might have a few nights when temps drop to freezing, but they are far and few between.
It’s planting season now, and this is Rose checking out one of two new shrubs I planted. By summer they should offer the flock a little more shade, and some yummy flowers to snack on.