Frizzles and cold.

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ChickenCanoe, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,701
    2,656
    466
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Does anyone have an opinion? Are frizzles better in the cold because they are fluffier or worse because their feathers don't lay down and let heat escape?
     
  2. pita

    pita New Egg

    3
    0
    7
    Mar 7, 2010
    My frizzle bantam hen is sleeping in the bathtub tonight! (with the heat vent shut so she won't get spoiled) It'll be 17 tonight in Dallas/Ft Worth. When my poor little frizzle stretches up her neck, you easily see straight to the skin. There is no way she has the insulating quality of my BR, EE, NHR, or PR standard hens. (She admittedly no the best specimen of a frizzle cochin!) I normally wouldn't worry for a night or two, but for a five day stretch I think I'll give her a break cuz she's looking a little stressed! Crazy? Maybe. But seeing straight to the skin on 30% of her makes ME cold!
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I had frizzles once. They ARE cold. You see their skin = no coat in that part!
     
  4. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

    10,060
    200
    361
    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    They definitely do not have the extra warmth that the other birds do. Don't see any wild Frizzles out flying around, eh? Because they never live through a winter.
    Mine are all in the sheds today and were not allowed outside time in the snow except the one tractor and those girls are super hardy and smart enough to stay in the back out of the wind and snow. I usually pamper mine a bit. Spoiled rotten creatures.[​IMG]
     
  5. key west chick

    key west chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    Roadkill stays outside year round. I think he does sleep in a nest box at night though. Its gotten mighty chilly here in north ga lately and he's done fine. They live in this pen, no coop, just sheltered from the wind on 3 sides. Ive never lost a bird to cold. [​IMG] Roadkill. [​IMG]
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,701
    2,656
    466
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Thanks for the comments, that's what I assumed. It was 6 here last night with -11 wind chill. My 2 frizzles are 12 weeks old and in a flock of other 12 week olds - 34 birds all together. I noticed the 2 frizzles huddle together. The Anconas seem like they're cold too. Their coop is uninsulated, well ventilated but no chance of a draft. They have a large slightly elevated brooder in there and I turn on one of the 250 IR lamps when it gets below 20. That helps keep the water next to the brooder from freezing but I'm sure most of the building is in the teens till the sun starts shining in.
    It's good to hear roadkill manages.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by