A recent question from one of our blog readers was:

I live in the Deep South and I am wondering which breed of chickens would best tolerate the heat and humidity? I am looking for layers, that produce well year round.

For a hot climate, we recommend the Leghorns and Minorcas, which are Mediterranean breeds.  These lighter weight chickens tolerate the heat well and are good layers.

Heavier, dual purpose breeds that can handle the heat well are Rhode Island Reds, New Hampshire Reds, and Turkens.  Many people have also had success with Barred Rocks (Barred Plymouth Rocks).

Do you live in a warm climate? What breeds have done the best for you?  Have you taken any special steps to help them come through this hot, dry summer?