Thank goodness, summer is over at last! It was a long, hot, tough summer in Phoenix. Many chickens were lost throughout the Valley of the Sun. I read many discouraging posts on Facebook from my chicken owning friends. June was especially brutal, because the heat rose so fast, the chickens did not have a chance to acclimate. When temps shot from 95 to 115 in only one week, the poor chickens had a difficult time coping.
|The smaller Alohas did fine in the heat.|
|Larger hens, like Buff Sussex, had a tough time.|
|My beautiful blue eyed hen. RIP lovely girl!|
|I believe this is her daughter. (No blue eyes.)|
After the loss of the blue-eyed hen our first brutally hot week, misters were installed, and I'm happy to say there were very few losses after that. (I think only two?) I believe the overall tally for the summer was a loss of five hens and one or two chicks, out of a flock of about 50 adults and over 100 chicks. That's not a bad rate, but the few adult hens lost were really nice, and will be missed.
Lots of the chicks were raised to replace older hens, and I've kept about 15 new hens. Some are shown below.
|This pullet is 4 months and not yet laying.|
|Several more pullets, not yet laying.|
|This beauty is new to the flock, laying now.|
I did a test hatch in July, and out of 84 eggs, only 30 were fertile. Just 15 of those actually hatched. 15 chicks from 84 eggs was too much waste, so this summer my family was gifted with dozens of Aloha eggs for eating. Considering the price of eggs at the store right now, this made me very popular at family gatherings!
Now it's time to regroup, and get going once again! Blessedly, most of the Aloha flock survived, and I look forward to setting up new people with Aloha chicks again, probably starting sometime in November.
|Two survivors of 117 degree temperatures.|