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what is the best cold hardy brown egg laying chicken

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I nead a hen that will lay through cold winters could eany boudy share with me what they think is best.

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Barred rock
RIR
Production Red
or even Delaware.

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Breeding: Silkies, Barred Plymouth Rocks, Ameraucanas, Naked Necks, Buckeyes, Welsummers, Marans and Mottled Houdans. 

 

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post #3 of 30

light brahmas are a good choice also

2 glw,2slw,1buff orp,4 isabrowns,2EE,2 light brahmas,1BR,1 auracona,1 australorp,
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2 glw,2slw,1buff orp,4 isabrowns,2EE,2 light brahmas,1BR,1 auracona,1 australorp,
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post #4 of 30

Dominques are a good choice. They are rose comb and will handle cold weather well.

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post #5 of 30

My light brahmas faired the best during this past very cold winter!  They even liked the snow.  smile

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Starting all over with 2 chicken-tolerant dogs, 4 cats, and 5 hens.
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post #6 of 30

Buckeyes! They can be broody, but they make amazing mothers if you need one.

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post #7 of 30

My Buff Orpingtons did excellent in the winter. They also had great personalities.

Nikki
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Nikki
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post #8 of 30

I am zeroing in on the part where you say that you need them to LAY during the winter.  You will need to look at hatchery high production birds like Red SLs and Production reds.  Both are cold hardy, but more importantly, don't need to be tricked with lights in the winter.

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"It's easy. You draw a red line on the ground, right? Then you wait for a chicken to come along. When he arrives, he puts his beak right on the line and he's hypnotized!"
Joey Santiago
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post #9 of 30

My Austrolorp has done the best of my girls, but even she has stopped now.  Though I will say, she may be molting.  Heaven knows, the rest of my ladies are certainly shedding their feathers like crazy!

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3 royally spoiled cats, 2 very spoiled hens (plus 2 more soon!); 1 exceedingly tolerant DH and 2 beautiful boys!

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Where do you live?

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Originally Posted by chicken boy13 

I nead a hen that will lay through cold winters could eany boudy share with me what they think is best.


My barred rocks laid straight through their first winter. They slowed down some their second winter but that is to be expected I think. Don't know how they're doing now as they're molting.

~Meg~
The remaining 6 of my original 7 barred rocks are 3yrs old and happily divided between a friend and my mom.
Laying: 2 Partridge Rocks, 1 Columbian Wyandotte and 2 Black Australorps. 14 weeks: 3 bantam Araucana.
Cowed to chicken math and sharing my bedroom with 8 BBS Ameraucana mixes.

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~Meg~
The remaining 6 of my original 7 barred rocks are 3yrs old and happily divided between a friend and my mom.
Laying: 2 Partridge Rocks, 1 Columbian Wyandotte and 2 Black Australorps. 14 weeks: 3 bantam Araucana.
Cowed to chicken math and sharing my bedroom with 8 BBS Ameraucana mixes.

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