Bantams and cold weather

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by mommy2pnutty, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. mommy2pnutty

    mommy2pnutty Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 27, 2008
    Hi, I'm new![​IMG]

    I'm doing some research on chicken breeds and standards vs. bantams. I received my coop yesterday and I'm stoked! My biggest worry is how my furture chickens will handle the winter in Norther IL. Right now we are at -5! I plan to get 5-8 chickens depending on if I get standard or Bantams.

    So, how do your bantams handle the cold weather?

  2. TheNewMrsEvans

    TheNewMrsEvans Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2008
    Big Sur, CA
    As long as you keep them in the brooder until they are feathered, and have a solid coop they would do fine...don't get ones with huge single combs, they can freeze. You can put a light bulb in the coop if it stays really cold day and night. They fluff up and cuddle and if they are in a tight coop they'll do great!

    or you could get egg laying ducks/khaki campbells instead and not worry so much [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2009
  3. sandypaws

    sandypaws Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2008
    desert of calif
    yes.. you need to supply them warmth/heat lamp untill they are fully feathered...
    i dont live where we get alot of cold.. at the most we get a week of snow.. and 2-3 weeks of 10 degrees.. the rest of our winter is usually 30-50 degrees..
    after my chickens are adluts i dont supply heat.. i DO supply a coop that is dry and full of straw or grass hay.. i never had a problems with either my full size chickens OR my banties
  4. seriousbill

    seriousbill Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2008
    Depends on the type of bantam. My Buff Brahma Bantams (pea-combed) handle cold exceptionally well. They are much less of a concern than my (single-combed) standard Delawares. Our low temp last night was -4 F. I had to put the big roos in the garage to avoid frostbitten combs. But, my two little bantam males were fine in their respective coops.
  5. moduckman

    moduckman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2009
    Cairo, Missouri
    Bantams handle cold weather much like their standard counterparts. We stayed below zero last night and it was below zero the night before. What I did before the frigid temps hit was to Vaseline my roosters' single combs to help them avoid frostbite. But, again, to answer your question, standard and bantams handle temperatures pretty much the same.
  6. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    I've got four bantams and they did just fine in this sub zero temps!
  7. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Depends on the breed. I would suggest looking for breeds with a pea or rose comb. Large single combs become troublesome.
  8. backforty

    backforty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 29, 2008
    central WI
    I have 2 buff columbian wyandotte banties and they are doing great. I live in north central Wi and we've had temperatures down to -23 this past week. They are in a cage in a shed without ony heat just alot of bedding and a nest box they never use!
  9. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    I have Old English Game bantams, and ist not been above freezing for the past 3 days here, and down in the single digits, at nights. They are all doing great, mine arent in a draft free coop either, and no heat lamp or any other heat is added to mine. They are much more cold hardy than youd expect. [​IMG]
  10. blackclownfish16

    blackclownfish16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    We just got over a three week cold spell where the average temp was -30 degrees and all my bantams are great. I have silkies, phoenix, americauna and a few others. I use a heat lamp from about feb. to april to help egg laying but during the coldest months, they handle themselves. The single combs can have problems but if your coop is well insulated they will not freeze in my experience. Also be sure to have a waterer not a water bowl because if birds get excessively wet when they drink then they freeze on the breast/wattles/combs/crest/beards which is not comfortable but worse for me to see than for them to feel...haha. Hope that helps

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