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Bantams and cold weather

post #1 of 10
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Hi, I'm  new!smile

I'm doing some research on chicken breeds and standards vs. bantams. I received my coop yesterday and I'm stoked! My biggest worry is how my furture chickens will handle the winter in Norther IL. Right now we are at -5! I plan to get 5-8 chickens depending on if I get standard or Bantams.

So, how do your bantams handle the cold weather?

thanks!

post #2 of 10

As long as you keep them in the brooder until they are feathered, and have a solid coop they would do fine...don't get ones with huge single combs, they can freeze. You can put a light bulb in the coop if it stays really cold day and night. They fluff up and cuddle and if they are in a tight coop they'll do great!

or you could get egg laying ducks/khaki campbells instead and not worry so much smile


Edited by TheNewMrsEvans - 1/16/09 at 1:41pm

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post #3 of 10

yes.. you need to supply them warmth/heat lamp  untill they are fully feathered...
i dont live where we get alot of cold.. at the most we get a week of snow.. and 2-3 weeks of 10 degrees.. the rest of our winter is usually 30-50 degrees..
after my chickens are adluts i dont supply heat.. i DO supply   a coop that is dry and full of straw  or grass hay.. i never had a problems with either my full size chickens OR my banties

1 hunny (mexican), 2 STpoodles, 2 Tpoodle, 3 karelian beardogs, 4 cats, 1 budgie, 16 snakes (kings, rat, corn, python), 7 geese, 1 duck, 3 guinea, 3 fish, 3 wild turkey, 3 horses, 1 donkey, and too many chickens to count- i think it is about 80-75 cochin, OEG, marans, various other st and banties
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1 hunny (mexican), 2 STpoodles, 2 Tpoodle, 3 karelian beardogs, 4 cats, 1 budgie, 16 snakes (kings, rat, corn, python), 7 geese, 1 duck, 3 guinea, 3 fish, 3 wild turkey, 3 horses, 1 donkey, and too many chickens to count- i think it is about 80-75 cochin, OEG, marans, various other st and banties
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post #4 of 10

Depends on the type of bantam.  My Buff Brahma Bantams (pea-combed) handle cold exceptionally well.  They are much less of a concern than my (single-combed) standard Delawares.  Our low temp last night was -4 F.  I had to put the big roos in the garage to avoid frostbitten combs.  But, my two little bantam males were fine in their respective coops.

post #5 of 10

Bantams handle cold weather much like their standard counterparts. We stayed below zero last night and it was below zero the night before. What I did before the frigid temps hit was to Vaseline my roosters' single combs to help them avoid frostbite. But, again, to answer your question, standard and bantams handle temperatures pretty much the same.

Beauty is altogether in the eye of the beholder!!
Raising exhibition poultry - d'anvers, modern bantams, RIR bantams, black wyandotte bantams, naked neck bantams, bronze turkey, Toulouse geese, Giant Canada geese, standard black langshan, standard barred rock, black OEG bantams
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Beauty is altogether in the eye of the beholder!!
Raising exhibition poultry - d'anvers, modern bantams, RIR bantams, black wyandotte bantams, naked neck bantams, bronze turkey, Toulouse geese, Giant Canada geese, standard black langshan, standard barred rock, black OEG bantams
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post #6 of 10

I've got four bantams and they did just fine in this sub zero temps!

BYC Member since 4/11/2002 Welsummers and Champagne d'Argents

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BYC Member since 4/11/2002 Welsummers and Champagne d'Argents

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post #7 of 10

Depends on the breed. I would suggest looking for breeds with a pea or rose comb. Large single combs become troublesome.

Christine
1 Barred Rock, 1 EE, 3 Light Brahma, 4 Buff Orpington, 4 Gold Laced Wyandotte, 1 Golden Comet, 1 Indian River, 10 EE bantams, 1 OEGB, 1 Millie and 1 White d'Uccle and a couple of mixed up little, uh, Cochin thingys.
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Christine
1 Barred Rock, 1 EE, 3 Light Brahma, 4 Buff Orpington, 4 Gold Laced Wyandotte, 1 Golden Comet, 1 Indian River, 10 EE bantams, 1 OEGB, 1 Millie and 1 White d'Uccle and a couple of mixed up little, uh, Cochin thingys.
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post #8 of 10

I have 2 buff columbian wyandotte banties and they are doing great.  I live in north central Wi and we've had temperatures down to -23 this past week.  They are in a cage in a shed without ony heat just alot of bedding and a nest box they never use!

Mom of 2 (5yr old boy and 4 yr old girl) Wife of 1 DH for 7 yrs. owner of  4 production reds and 1 easter egger. Also raise beef steers , lots of rabbits (mostly mini rex but also polish, Holland lops, and Dutch), 4 ducks (1 blue Swedish, 1 rouen and 2 of their "babies"), 2 horses, 1 black lab, 2 goldfish and 2 cats.

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Mom of 2 (5yr old boy and 4 yr old girl) Wife of 1 DH for 7 yrs. owner of  4 production reds and 1 easter egger. Also raise beef steers , lots of rabbits (mostly mini rex but also polish, Holland lops, and Dutch), 4 ducks (1 blue Swedish, 1 rouen and 2 of their "babies"), 2 horses, 1 black lab, 2 goldfish and 2 cats.

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post #9 of 10

I have Old English Game bantams, and ist not been above freezing for the past 3 days here, and down in the single digits, at nights. They are all doing great, mine arent in a draft free coop either, and no heat lamp or any other heat is added to mine. They are much more cold hardy than youd expect. smile

post #10 of 10

We just got over a three week cold spell where the average temp was -30 degrees and all my bantams are great. I have silkies, phoenix, americauna and a few others. I use a heat lamp from about feb. to april to help egg laying but during the coldest months, they handle themselves. The single combs can have problems but if your coop is well insulated they will not freeze in my experience. Also be sure to have a waterer not a water bowl because if birds get excessively wet when they drink then they freeze on the breast/wattles/combs/crest/beards which is not comfortable but worse for me to see than for them to feel...haha.  Hope that helps

BBS Cuckoo and lavender silkies. F2 Mottled Silkies in progress.  Silver Golden pheasants, Cinnamon Range/Tuxedo Coturnix Quail and my own bantam longtail in cuckoo and lemon cuckoo.
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BBS Cuckoo and lavender silkies. F2 Mottled Silkies in progress.  Silver Golden pheasants, Cinnamon Range/Tuxedo Coturnix Quail and my own bantam longtail in cuckoo and lemon cuckoo.
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