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Best chicken breeds for cold?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LoganTW, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. LoganTW

    LoganTW Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi - I live in MN and I was wondering for next year, what the best chicken breeds for cold is?



    Thanks!!!!!!!!
     
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  2. mattsinger

    mattsinger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im not sure whats Best... but I have had good luck with Rhode Island Reds, Orpingtons, Blue, Black and Splash Marans, Black Austrolorps.
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Some of that depends on why you want chickens. What are your goals for them?

    Chantecler and Buckeye were specifically developed for colder climates. They are normally dual purpose birds for meat and eggs. They are not known for going broody. If you are just wanting eye candy or colored eggs, they may not suit you. One big thing about them is that they have small combs and wattles to help guard against frostbite, but many people keep single combed chickens in your climate or worse and don’t have frostbite problems. How you manage them makes a difference. Some people freak out about frostbite and some people manage it. Smaller combs can help you manage frostbite, but so can the right coop and management techniques.
     
  4. LoganTW

    LoganTW Chillin' With My Peeps

    eggs and meat would be the reason, but mostly eggs.
     
  5. Ridgerunner

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    Then I'd suggest Buckeyes, Chanteclers, or Wyandottes. Any of those should suit you well.
     
  6. LoganTW

    LoganTW Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks!!!!
     
  7. MrsBachbach

    MrsBachbach Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ameraucanas are very cold tolerant. Their small pea combs and lack of wattles means less frostbite issues.
     
  8. mattsinger

    mattsinger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The best winter layers Ive had were Rhode Island Reds.


    Where abouts do you live in MN??.. we lived in Anoka for about 6 years.
     
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  9. LoganTW

    LoganTW Chillin' With My Peeps

    I live in southwestern MN about three hours south to the twin cites.
     
  10. Northie

    Northie Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm going with Chanteclers peronally because our winters are severe and long. There are also russian orloff which are supposed to be tough too.
     

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