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Feathered Feet vs. Non Feathered Feet

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Hi, I was wondering if chickens with feathered feet stay warm in winter?  I don't have any with feathered feet and won't get any unless they stay warm in winter. It gets down to -35F.

Owner of 32 hens.  My least favorite breed is California White, my favorite breed is Plymouth Barred Rock. We get about 27 eggs a day.  
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Owner of 32 hens.  My least favorite breed is California White, my favorite breed is Plymouth Barred Rock. We get about 27 eggs a day.  
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post #2 of 5
Mine do fine in the winter, but I don't see -35. We get some -teens, but that's usually about as cold as I see. Mine live in an uninsulted, draft free coop. One thing to watch for with feathered legs/feet is mud (and sometimes snow and ice). It can accumulate on the feathers and form balls the birds can't deal with that need to be removed. If your run isn't prone to staying wet, it should be fine though.
Nikki
*C'mon, get flappy!*
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Nikki
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post #3 of 5
Feathered feet aren't necessary for winter
post #4 of 5
Look up cold tolerant breeds
post #5 of 5
All of the dual purpose breeds are fine for the temperatures they're looking for. They have the same temperatures I do and mine do fine
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