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Are there certain breeds of chickens that do better in the winter? Are they egg layers?

1 husband, 3 Pit Bulls, 1 American Game Fowl, 1 Mottled Cochin, 2 Buff Barred Conchins
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1 husband, 3 Pit Bulls, 1 American Game Fowl, 1 Mottled Cochin, 2 Buff Barred Conchins
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post #2 of 14

McGraws  http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=453487, Chanteclers, and Buckeyes all withstand cold weather well.


Edited by ryanzierke - 7/17/11 at 7:55pm

Penciled, Spangled, and Laced Maiden Rock Bantams, Citron and Gold Spangled Hamburg bantams, McGraws, and more.

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BO, BR, Brahmas

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Up here (-40 winters) we see a lot of silkies-, polish, houdans, mille fleurs, cochins, feathered feet guys are all popular- not a lot of heat lights at winter from the few breeders I've talked too


course my frst winter so don't take my word for it LOL

2 Silkies and a Houdan girl rocking it in Saskatchewan

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2 Silkies and a Houdan girl rocking it in Saskatchewan

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post #5 of 14

Icelandics..

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

 

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post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by hcppam 

Brahmas


Yes, Brahmas are very cold hardy.

Penciled, Spangled, and Laced Maiden Rock Bantams, Citron and Gold Spangled Hamburg bantams, McGraws, and more.

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post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by neVar 

Up here (-40 winters) we see a lot of silkies-, polish, houdans, mille fleurs, cochins, feathered feet guys are all popular- not a lot of heat lights at winter from the few breeders I've talked too


course my frst winter so don't take my word for it LOL


I assume these coops are insulated?

Penciled, Spangled, and Laced Maiden Rock Bantams, Citron and Gold Spangled Hamburg bantams, McGraws, and more.

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post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by minnesotachickenbreeder 

McGraws  http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=453487, Chanteclers, and Buckeyes all withstand cold weather well.


Don't know much about McGraws (they do look cold-hardy), but the other two for sure.
Here's my Buckeyes in about two feet of snow.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/63711_birds2_008.jpg

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post #9 of 14

Not knowing how cold hardy you need, you could co with,
Rhode Island Reds,
American Gamefowl,
Chanteclers,
Brahmas,
Buckeyes,

Chris

 

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Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities http://sppa.webs.com/

Breeding Large Fowl Single and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds to APA Standard


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NPIP # 31-516
Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities http://sppa.webs.com/

Breeding Large Fowl Single and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds to APA Standard


"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares." – 

George Washington

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post #10 of 14

I chose brahmas because, in the past, our winters have been pretty cold - and last winter was no exception - 2+ months of temps that never got above freezing for highs.  I know, this is "mild" compared to the winters some of the BYC members experience, but I still wanted to get some breeds that could withstand freezing temps - and the brahmas came through with flying colors.   Having said that, our summers seem to be getting hotter and hotter and I just did a remodel on our run which was previously partially shaded with tarps across a flat top because the brahmas do not like the heat at all.  We just added metal (EMT) rafters and put a heavy duty silver tarp over a larger portion of the run because it has been so darn hot this summer - and we are heading into another week of temps in the mid-90s with high humidity.  I also had to add a fan to the run and am constantly adding ice packs to the waterers to keep things cool.  Hopefully the extended and deeper shade will help minimize their stress.

Starting all over with 2 chicken-tolerant dogs, 4 cats, and 5 hens.
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Starting all over with 2 chicken-tolerant dogs, 4 cats, and 5 hens.
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