Best white egg laying breed for cold weather?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Hoffy, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. Hoffy

    Hoffy Out Of The Brooder

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    In this part of central NY, every winter we hit -20 to -30 degrees for a week or so. I have several hardy brown egg laying breeds, but some white eggs would be nice. What is the best white egg laying breed that can survive cold weather without too much comb damage? I know their production will slow or stop in the coldest weather, but I want them to survive without frostbite. For reference, all of my hens now make it through without frostbite, so drafts and humidity are under control, but large combs in that cold of weather always suffer around here (like some of my roos). Thanks!
     
  2. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    Rosecomb Leghorns, perhaps? Hamburgs are supposed to be cold hardy, but don't lay very well. Most white-egg-laying chickens are Mediterranean in origin, and are adapted to heat rather than cold.
     
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Norweigan Jarhorns are white egg layers, I believe. They do have straight combs, but are very hardy and chicks can be color sexed as day olds.
     
  4. Rhinoman

    Rhinoman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rose comb Ancona's!
     

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