cold hardy for north east?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Breella, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. Breella

    Breella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,
    I'm looking for suggestions for varieties of chickens that handle colder areas well. I live in Syracuse, NY which is known for it's usually high snow fall totals (golden snowball winner many many years over.)

    I would like a breed (or several breeds) that could stand being around the extended below freezing months, that are good layers, that even in winter if given light, warmth and feed would still produce eggs.
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    You live in the area where most of the American Class breeds originated. Rhode Island Reds, The varieties of Plymouth Rocks, The New Hampshire and of course, the Wyandotte.

    Any of them will do just fine. Our area is colder than Syracuse and we keep Reds, Rocks and commercial type layers with no issues. It is all about proper ventilation. We don't provide any supplemental heat, as it is financially impossible to heat our barn and isn't necessary. Enjoy your search for your birds.
     
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  3. Breella

    Breella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the feedback. I am very new to all of this.
     

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