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Cold weather chickens

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by 2emma2, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. 2emma2

    2emma2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Are there certain breeds of chickens that do better in the winter? Are they egg layers?
     
  2. phasianidae

    phasianidae Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    BO, BR, Brahmas
     
  4. neVar

    neVar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Up here (-40 winters) we see a lot of silkies-, polish, houdans, mille fleurs, cochins, feathered feet guys are all popular- not a lot of heat lights at winter from the few breeders I've talked too


    course my frst winter so don't take my word for it LOL
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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  6. phasianidae

    phasianidae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, Brahmas are very cold hardy.
     
  7. phasianidae

    phasianidae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I assume these coops are insulated?
     
  8. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

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    Quote:Don't know much about McGraws (they do look cold-hardy), but the other two for sure.
    Here's my Buckeyes in about two feet of snow.
    [​IMG]
     
  9. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Not knowing how cold hardy you need, you could co with,
    Rhode Island Reds,
    American Gamefowl,
    Chanteclers,
    Brahmas,
    Buckeyes,

    Chris
     
  10. ailurophile23

    ailurophile23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I chose brahmas because, in the past, our winters have been pretty cold - and last winter was no exception - 2+ months of temps that never got above freezing for highs. I know, this is "mild" compared to the winters some of the BYC members experience, but I still wanted to get some breeds that could withstand freezing temps - and the brahmas came through with flying colors. Having said that, our summers seem to be getting hotter and hotter and I just did a remodel on our run which was previously partially shaded with tarps across a flat top because the brahmas do not like the heat at all. We just added metal (EMT) rafters and put a heavy duty silver tarp over a larger portion of the run because it has been so darn hot this summer - and we are heading into another week of temps in the mid-90s with high humidity. I also had to add a fan to the run and am constantly adding ice packs to the waterers to keep things cool. Hopefully the extended and deeper shade will help minimize their stress.
     

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