The Wyandottes are laying, but still waiting on the slow maturing Easter Egger. Although seven months is average for the Easter Egger, it is now three weeks past seven months. No worries… just fashionably late.
The girls are growing up fast, here they are at 2 months old. This flock matured super fast in comparison to previous flocks. They are very busy exploring and already quiet, no more peeping. 😦
Left to right, Andi, Hazel, Wanda, and Wilma. The white birds are clean faced Easter Eggers, and the brown/gold are Golden Laced Wyandottes.
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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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