Are banties as cold hardy as big chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by tmb3fan, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. tmb3fan

    tmb3fan Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in central Mississippi, so winters are fairly mild. We do however get a few teen nights. I have 2 open air coops and 2 closed coops for my big chickens.
    I also have my banties in an open air coop. How much cold can the banties handle? Oh, one is a silkie, so I need to know if they are ok in the cold too.
    Thanks,
    Teri
     
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2009
  2. tmb3fan

    tmb3fan Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anybody have a comparison???
     
  3. txchickie

    txchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last year ours rode out temps in the teens in the trees [​IMG]
     
  4. MonkeyZero

    MonkeyZero Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    IDK
    But I think banties, unless acclimated to a colder climate early, may have issues. MAY.
    I would think this due to their small size.
    I think big chickens stay a bit warmer.
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  5. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    No Banty's do just fine in the cold weather, just as well as the LF chickens. Their size has nothing to do with their ability to handle extreme weather. Look at quail for example.

    AL
     

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