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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Cluky, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Cluky

    Cluky Songster

    Apr 13, 2012
    So I live in Chicago. I have been researching chickens for at least several months, so I think I am almost ready (and phyched up) to get some chicks to start raising (3-4 would be perfect)

    My question is for Chicago weather - hot summers, cold, to sometimes bitterly cold winters, and gusting winds...what would be good breeds to consider? I would like to get all of the girls different however, not sure which would be happy in this type of extremes.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2012

  2. ChickenCrazy4ever

    ChickenCrazy4ever Songster

    Jan 26, 2011
    My house :D
    I live in southwestern Pennsylvania, and my Plymouth rocks LOVE the snow... They run around eating it. They don't seem to enjoy hot weather but they've survived so far.
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    Stick with small combed breeds if you're worried about the cold weather. Chanteclers, Wyandottes, Brahmas, and Easter Eggers all have small combs. My Cochins don't seem to bothered by our cold weather, but they aren't fans of summer either. As long as your coop is dry and draft free, most chickens do very well in the cold. Gold luck!
  4. ChickadeeRanch

    ChickadeeRanch Chirping

    Sep 13, 2012
    Wow my girls are the total opposites ( Rhode Island Reds and White Leghorns ) Probably because in the summer they get to go tromp around and find bugs
    But one of my Rhode Island Red girls goes right through the deep snow immersing her entire legs in snow then looks to me for pity when as her legs turn bright pink...of course i do tho - she is just so cute!
  5. CowgirlPenny

    CowgirlPenny Songster

    Feb 17, 2011
    South East TN
    You can see what breeds I have in my signature, but personally I find my Barred Rock and Buff Orpingtons to be the most accepting of winter. Although all will come out and forage, they are nearly always outside. They don't seem bothered by it at all.

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