Can New Hampshires And Sussex Breeds Stand Cold Weather?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by earlybird10842, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. I am considering getting those two breeds of chicks this spring, and I am wondering how cold they can get. During winter, daytime tempurtures go from 30 to -5 degrees F. Will they be able to go outside during the winter?
  2. chickenlover89

    chickenlover89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2012
    yes, they can handle the cold, but you might want heat if it gets below 0 in at least the coop, not necesarily the run, but you probably want heat if it gets below 0, most chickens can't handle the cold under 0 degrees very well.
  3. We keep a thermostat heater in the coop, so it never gets below 32 or so.

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2008
    Where I live it somtimes hits -30f. I don't have heat in my coops & the birds handle the cold just fine.
    The two breeds named here are well suited to handle cold weather. In your case, with a heated coop, any breed would be fine.
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I'm not familiar with the temps in Sussex, but I know it gets cold in New Hampshire! Those birds were developed there way before electricity or warming coops. They HAD to be hardy!
  6. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

    Mar 4, 2009
    waterville , canada
    Sussex well do fine. After all they are a winter layer! our temps get down to -30c a lot and sussex do fine (-25 to -30 is normal for us)
  7. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    western PA
    My Coop
    Just make sure, if you are buying this time of year, you buy your birds from a regin which has weather similar to your own. You wouldn't want to bring Southern birds up to your area this time of year. Too late for them to acclimtize. For Sussex breeders in your weather region, check out the various BYC lists on Sussex and the Directory at the parent Club , American Sussex Association online.
    Karen in western PA

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