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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by 2emma2, Jul 17, 2011.
Are there certain breeds of chickens that do better in the winter? Are they egg layers?
McGraws https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=453487, Chanteclers, and Buckeyes all withstand cold weather well.
BO, BR, Brahmas
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
Quote:Yes, Brahmas are very cold hardy.
Quote:I assume these coops are insulated?
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.
Not knowing how cold hardy you need, you could co with,
Rhode Island Reds,
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.