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post #1 of 18
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What are some good winter hardy birds?  I live in Wisconsin and it does get a bit chilly overnight.

I had originally ordered an autralorp, delaware and red sex link and now that connection seems to have fallen through.

So I'm back to square one on getting my chickens so I thought I'd get some more suggestions before I order again!

Thanks!smile


Edited by kalaim - 9/16/08 at 5:41pm
post #2 of 18

cochins seem to do well, especially bantams...whose feathering goes right to the ground...

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post #3 of 18

I live in Northern New York near Canada where our winters get down to -50F! The breeds that I've had excellent luck with my SL & GL Wyandottes, Orpingtons and Dominiques.

Soon 2B dairy wife! Backyard chicken mom to 36 a mixture of Dark Brahmas, Buff Orps, Speckled Sussex, Red Stars, RI Reds, BlueLaced, Columbian & SL Wyandottes, Partridge Rocks, Anconas & Dominiques
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Soon 2B dairy wife! Backyard chicken mom to 36 a mixture of Dark Brahmas, Buff Orps, Speckled Sussex, Red Stars, RI Reds, BlueLaced, Columbian & SL Wyandottes, Partridge Rocks, Anconas & Dominiques
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post #4 of 18

It gets real cold here in the winter and we have barred rocks, they did good last winter and the year before we had golden comets who also did well.  We were told anything with a short comb is winter hardy.
Good luck

NPIP TESTED    3 DD, 1 DS, 1 SO, 5 Siberian Huskies, 3 generations of females. 

1 cat, and a growing flock of chickens.  Yes, I am addicted to raising chickens and loving every minute of it. 
I currently have Millie Fluer Cochins, Lav. Ameraucanas, Silver Laced Cochins, frizzles and mixed.

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NPIP TESTED    3 DD, 1 DS, 1 SO, 5 Siberian Huskies, 3 generations of females. 

1 cat, and a growing flock of chickens.  Yes, I am addicted to raising chickens and loving every minute of it. 
I currently have Millie Fluer Cochins, Lav. Ameraucanas, Silver Laced Cochins, frizzles and mixed.

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post #5 of 18

Lets see I have a barred rock, a cochin, several evil silkies, a d'uccle, and 3 oegb bantam mixes, they make it through the iowan winters.  I did supplement heat this year during the extended real cold spell. usually I only supplement when it gets to the teens and lower for a long time.  this year my at work flock is chanteclers, salmon favorelles and jersey giants.

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post #6 of 18

brahmas of course!  everyone needs some in their flocks! big_smile

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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post #7 of 18

Those of you in the cold climates, do you typically used a heat lamp or infared lamp?  I live in upstate NY and think its going to be a harsh winter.  I was wondering if I should run electric out to my barn before the ground freezes.  I have 8 EE's.

Purebred Lavender, W/BW, White, and Black Ameraucana's; Project Lavender Wheaten Ameraucana's ; Bantam Milli, porcelain, buff Colombian D'anver's and Chocolate Project Ameraucana's; B/B/S Copper French Marans
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Purebred Lavender, W/BW, White, and Black Ameraucana's; Project Lavender Wheaten Ameraucana's ; Bantam Milli, porcelain, buff Colombian D'anver's and Chocolate Project Ameraucana's; B/B/S Copper French Marans
AUCTION: Lavender Wheaten Ameraucana Eggs

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Ameraucana's

Project Lavender Ameraucana's 

 

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post #8 of 18

I have buckeyes (hardly any comb) I want chanteclers, bred by a Canadian monk, and I have golden laced wyandottes. I live in northern MI. This is my first winter and I got birds with minimal combs.

2 dogs,10 hens and one rooster, but no more guineas. 
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2 dogs,10 hens and one rooster, but no more guineas. 
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post #9 of 18

Chanteclers for sure. The partridge ones are so pretty. They're from Canada and known for being good cold weather birds.

Barred Rock, Easter Egger, and a small, spoiled flock of BC Marans.
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Barred Rock, Easter Egger, and a small, spoiled flock of BC Marans.
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post #10 of 18

I think most of the heavy breed layers do good in cold weather. I second the Brahmas!smile

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One child left at home, age 17) Dogs, cats, bettas, guppies, chickens, ducks, coturnix quail.
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One child left at home, age 17) Dogs, cats, bettas, guppies, chickens, ducks, coturnix quail.
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