Feathered Feet vs. Non Feathered Feet

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Alison Pony, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. Alison Pony

    Alison Pony In the Brooder

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    Hi, I was wondering if chickens with feathered feet stay warm in winter? I don't have any with feathered feet and won't get any unless they stay warm in winter. It gets down to -35F.
     

  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

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    Mine do fine in the winter, but I don't see -35. We get some -teens, but that's usually about as cold as I see. Mine live in an uninsulted, draft free coop. One thing to watch for with feathered legs/feet is mud (and sometimes snow and ice). It can accumulate on the feathers and form balls the birds can't deal with that need to be removed. If your run isn't prone to staying wet, it should be fine though.
     
  3. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Songster

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    Feathered feet aren't necessary for winter
     
  4. csaylorchickens

    csaylorchickens Songster

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    Look up cold tolerant breeds
     
  5. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Songster

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    All of the dual purpose breeds are fine for the temperatures they're looking for. They have the same temperatures I do and mine do fine
     

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