20 Heat-Hardy Chicken Breeds

Chickens are far more likely to suffer heat exhaustion than problems relating to the cold, so if you live in a warm climate, choosing breeds of chickens that are heat-hardy is a good idea.

If you live in a place that experiences both extremes - bitterly cold winters as well as hot, humid summers - you should still consider the heat-hardy breeds, since nearly all chickens are cold-hardy to a great extent.

Certain breeds, such as those with smaller body masses and larger combs (the comb on a chicken acts as a 'radiator' and helps to eliminate heat from the body) fare better in the heat than those breeds with larger body masses and smaller combs.

Lighter-colored breeds such as Leghorns tend to handle the heat better than darker breeds, say black Australorps or Marans for instance.

Interestingly, most of the white egg-laying chickens are heat-hardy breeds.

-Our Andalusian pullet, Eva, is extremely suited or warm climates with her small, sleek body. She'll eventually grow a super large comb to help her stay cool as well-

Many of the heat-hardy breeds originated in the Mediterranean - go figure!

There is a wide selection of breeds that do particularly well in the heat and with names like Appenzeller Spitzhauben, Black Sumatra, Egyptian Fayoumi, Penedesenca, Sicilan Buttercup and Mille Fleur d'Uccle, how can you resist adding a few to your flock?

These heat-hardy breeds include:

Appenzeller Spitzhauben
Barred Rock Bantam
Black Faced White Spanish
Black Sumatra
Blue Andalusian
Blue Hamburg
Easter Egger 
Egyptian Fayoumi
Exchequer Leghorn
Golden Campine
Golden Lakenvelder
Mille Fleur d'Uccle Bantam
Sicilian Buttercup
Silver Lakenvelder
Silver Spangled Hamburg
White Crested Black Polish

Regardless of which breeds you raise, a bit of TLC when the mercury rises can help them.

Read my Tips on Beating the Summer Heat,  for more tips on caring for your chickens this summer.

-Here's Eva, our Blue Andalusian, all grown up with a larger-than-life comb to help keep her cool-
-A white Easter Egger like this one is especially heat hardy, along with other light-colored breeds-
-Cornflake, our Welsummer pullet, is another example of a heat-hardy breed of chicken-
-And of course, our White Faced  Black Spanish rooster Lily has a huge built-in radiator in his comb and wattles-

Do you live in a cold climate and are interested instead in cold-hard breeds, then HERE are some suggestions for you.

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