I have finally decided with heavy heart that now is not the right time for us to get chickens. :(
The extreme heat we have been having over the past month or so has really had me thinking, and researching about how chickens cope with the heat. They apparently get stressed above 95 degrees or so according to several sources I have found, and of course days on end of 110 plus degree weather would in my opinion stress them out to the max.
Of course many people keep chickens successfully here in the valley of the scorching sun, with certain provisions to cool their chooks such as adding ice to their water, providing ample shade, using misters, and feeding them less. None of these things would be a problem for me to do, however, as worried as I am now about how they would cope, I know I would be worried to the extreme on a daily basis once I actually had the chickens, and the extreme temperatures hit. We have 100 degree plus temperatures for about five months of the year here, (although people living here will try to convince you it is for less time). My personality is such that I fret about our pets, and I know that the constant daily worry about keeping my chickens cool, and alive would probably tip me over the edge. That may sound weird to some but it is just the way I am made.
I feel really sad that I am having to let go of a dream of mine for now, but it is not forever, and when we finally do move somewhere more temperate, I will finally get my long awaited chooks.
So, that's that. I actually feel better now that the decision is made, and I will continue to live vicariously through others here in the valley who are successfully raising urban chickens.
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