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Best cold weather breeds?

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Here's the story: I'm hoping to get a few more chickens this spring, and this time I'm going to try and buy some which do better in cold weather, for the winter season over here is quite harsh. I've read that Barred Rocks and Golden Comets are very cold weather-resistant, but what other options are there? Are Buff Orpingtons a good choice?

Thanks! big_smile

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my ameraucana are the only ones of my older ones (that insist on coming out of the coop when temp is in single digits) that don't have frostbite hmm

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Krista- mom to 7 with an amazingly understanding husband   . chocolate runners, b/b/s orps, jubilee orps, bantam chocolate orps, project lf choc orps, blue breda fowl and a some cool exotic hens for eating eggs

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post #3 of 11

There are several breeds, but any standard from the asiatic class (feather footed) or in the feather footed bantam class. If they have feather legs and a rose comb, they should be quite hardy. That is perhaps the most important thing, rose combs do not freeze. Feather legged birds originated in the mountains of asia.

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post #4 of 11

Yup, rose combs are good.

I do have RIRs though, and they are GREAT in the cold. Even now, they are only six months old and can deal with 10 degrees in the coop at night with no evidence of problems!

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post #5 of 11

Pea combs are also good--Brahmas are cold hardy, for instance.

post #6 of 11

Yea, brahmas are asiatic birds. they should do well.

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post #7 of 11

Brahmas would make an excellent choice.  This seems illogical, but Turkens are also a very cold hardy breed (excellent layers in cold weather).

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Yea, brahmas are asiatic birds. they should do well.


And amazingly they do really well in the dog days of summer too.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #9 of 11

I had a rose comb Hamburg rooster with severe frostbite. His comb healed to a smooth surface. Outdoors at minus 10°F, almost gave him a pea comb. And, if frostbite is a great concern, I think the (natural wink) pea comb is the way to go.

Besides Ameraucanas, Buckeyes are also pea comb birds. Chanteclers were bred specially for a cold climate but I know nothing about them or the Buckeyes.

Black Sex-links, as I understand it, are a preferred cold climate choice in the UK. They may be a better choice than those lighter weight Gold Comets, for a sex-link hybrid. (Black Sex-links are also carrying Barred Rock genes. smile)

From my experience: Buff Orpingtons are, indeed, a good choice, Blue_Myst. I also think my Barred Rocks have had little trouble in cold weather. Both are single comb breeds but they have plenty of bulk to retain body heat. And, I'll certainly agree with the Brahma choice, as well.

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post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the input! big_smile

Sounds like the smaller the comb (and more feathery the feet wink ) the better. I'll definitely keep that in mind. It doesn't get below zero very often, and since my coop stays a few degrees warmer than the outdoors, I don't usually have to worry too much about frostbite in areas other than the comb.

If I do end up getting chickens with the larger combs...(the orpingtons are looking like the best choice for me right now), is it true that rubbing Vasaline on the comb helps prevent frostbite?

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