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post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by jbowen9 

I hate to say it but my naked necks lay better in the winter than anything on my place i guess they feel guilty for being so ugly


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post #12 of 26

I have comets, sex links and Delawares-I'm getting about 10 eggs a day from 14 birds so I think they're doing just fine. I was actually surprised they were still going strong.

post #13 of 26

my egyptian fayoumis are almost completely unphased by the cold. they escaped a day or two ago and were foraging, bathing and pecking around in the snow. they are ill tempered mean selfish WILD little brats. i handled them and spoiled them just as much as i handled and spoiled the others and they are still nasty and mean compared to my other hens who are kind-hearted and people loving.


cuckoo marans lay all throughout the winter with no break at all no matter how the light looks. heck, she lays better than my red & black stars. my maran roo is getting frostbite though. i wouldn't call that cold hardiness.

the only bird i have that's bothered by the cold is my tiny little gold phoenix bantam. poor dear cuddles as close as she can to her favorite roo for warmth.

~*an egg come out of a chicken, a chicken comes out of an egg!*~
HENS: 4 Egyptian Fayoumis, 1 Cuckoo Maran, 4 Black Stars, 4 Red Stars, 2 Phoenix (a standard silver and a gold bantam) and 2 mystery meaties. ROOS: a gentle caring Cuckoo Maran and a shy but beautiful Silver Spangled Hamburg. quite a flock!
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~*an egg come out of a chicken, a chicken comes out of an egg!*~
HENS: 4 Egyptian Fayoumis, 1 Cuckoo Maran, 4 Black Stars, 4 Red Stars, 2 Phoenix (a standard silver and a gold bantam) and 2 mystery meaties. ROOS: a gentle caring Cuckoo Maran and a shy but beautiful Silver Spangled Hamburg. quite a flock!
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post #14 of 26

Brahmas, Cochins, EEs and Wyandottes.

Former keeper of hens, life isn't much fun without chickens... but

 

"With God, ALL things are possible."

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Former keeper of hens, life isn't much fun without chickens... but

 

"With God, ALL things are possible."

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post #15 of 26
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by patandchickens 

There are two different issues here - I am not certain which (or both? or what) you are asking about:

-- there is what people usually refer to as "cold hardiness", meaning tendency to not get frostbite or suffer other illness/stress/etc from extreme cold. Chanteclers and buckeyes are typically cited as the two cold-hardiest breeds in that sense. The limitation for otherwise-cold-hardy single-combed breeds such as RIR and Rocks and so forth tends to be the combs getting frostbit (points on hens, whole thing plus wattles on roos).

-- then there is winter laying. Some breeds are considered to be better winter (short-day, cold temp) layers than others, although different people tend to say somewhat different things and I suspect it depends a lot on genetic line and on daylength.

There are other relevant issues too, such as feed consumption during wintertime, or age of first laying (which is related to winter laying in the sense that birds that don't start laying til like 5-6 months of age may not lay at all until they are nearly a year old, unless you are providng supplemental light)

I don't think that answers your question but perhaps it will help figure out what the question exactly IS tongue?

Pat


I should of specified.... Best winter laying breed when it is below freezing and snowing.


Edited by patman75 - 12/14/09 at 9:53am

Loving my mixed flock. 

How I beat feather picking. http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=6586027#p6586027

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Loving my mixed flock. 

How I beat feather picking. http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=6586027#p6586027

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post #16 of 26

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Buff Orpingtons. They are extremely fluffy and large and are very cold-hardy. Mine lay eggs all winter long!    In general, short-combed birds do better. Long-combed birds have more tropical ancestry for warm/hot weather.

Happy owner of 4 Buff Orpingtons, 4 guineas, 3 Black Langshan bantams, 6 Buff crosses, 1 OEG cross, 1 Maine Coon cat, and 4 Bourbon Red turkeys!
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Happy owner of 4 Buff Orpingtons, 4 guineas, 3 Black Langshan bantams, 6 Buff crosses, 1 OEG cross, 1 Maine Coon cat, and 4 Bourbon Red turkeys!
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post #17 of 26

I have a mixed-flock, that I ordered from Ideal last March.  All of them (except an EE) were laying an egg a day for me in the warmer months.  Now that winter has hit, I have found the following breeds to be the best layers:

*Gold-Sex Links
*Barred Rocks
*Australorps (out of the 2 I have, I always find one of my BAs in the nestbox when its laying time)

The other two breeds; EEs & SL Wyandottes, hardly lay at all.  I am able to tell its them, cuz of the type of egg.  I would say my EEs give me an egg every 3-4 days, my Wyandottes the same rate and I have 2 of each breed. 

I do add supplemental light/heat from 4am, and allow them to roost & go to sleep on their own.  HTH!

Starting to Miss Summer Already w/: dh, 15yo dsd, 9yo ds, 5yo dd, & an old-mutt...Trying to be as self-sufficient as we can on our city lot
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Starting to Miss Summer Already w/: dh, 15yo dsd, 9yo ds, 5yo dd, & an old-mutt...Trying to be as self-sufficient as we can on our city lot
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post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by chickenannie 

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Buff Orpingtons. They are extremely fluffy and large and are very cold-hardy. Mine lay eggs all winter long!    In general, short-combed birds do better. Long-combed birds have more tropical ancestry for warm/hot weather.


yes! it's true! and uncle of mine got some this winter and let them mingle with his barred rocks. he gets a darn good amount of eggs from them all year long.

~*an egg come out of a chicken, a chicken comes out of an egg!*~
HENS: 4 Egyptian Fayoumis, 1 Cuckoo Maran, 4 Black Stars, 4 Red Stars, 2 Phoenix (a standard silver and a gold bantam) and 2 mystery meaties. ROOS: a gentle caring Cuckoo Maran and a shy but beautiful Silver Spangled Hamburg. quite a flock!
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~*an egg come out of a chicken, a chicken comes out of an egg!*~
HENS: 4 Egyptian Fayoumis, 1 Cuckoo Maran, 4 Black Stars, 4 Red Stars, 2 Phoenix (a standard silver and a gold bantam) and 2 mystery meaties. ROOS: a gentle caring Cuckoo Maran and a shy but beautiful Silver Spangled Hamburg. quite a flock!
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post #19 of 26

Can I ask for another clarification on this list? Of those of you with hens laying well now, which of these are in their 2nd or 3rd year? I think it is likely that many of the breeds will lay well the pullet year, but not as well after that.

post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by chookchick 

Can I ask for another clarification on this list? Of those of you with hens laying well now, which of these are in their 2nd or 3rd year? I think it is likely that many of the breeds will lay well the pullet year, but not as well after that.


My brahmas are in their second year, i.e., this is their second winter of laying.


Edited by gritsar - 12/13/09 at 5:55pm

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, and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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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, and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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