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Good brown egg laying chicken

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by porkchop48, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. porkchop48

    porkchop48 Songster

    Jun 1, 2008
    Malta, OH
    what would be a good chicken that would do ok in WV winters ( I will provide proper housing) just did not know about the cold.
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Pretty much anything that's not small-bodied and doesn't have an excessively huge single comb. The breeds usually recommended for cold climates are things like buckeyes/chanteclers/wyandottes (less comb to get frostbite, and most have been selected for winter laying ability) and orpingtons (big and fluffy).

    However it is not like WV has particularly Arctic winters and I think that practically any standard sized breed (possibly avoiding the smaller-bodied Mediterranean breeds like leghorns etc - but they're generally white egg layers anyhow) would do absolutely fine. Any of the sex-links would be just fine, too, if you want something that is a prolific layer at least for the first few years. Just make sure they have a weatherproof, nondrafty, dry, WELL VENTILATED coop and a wide roost to sleep on so their tummy feathers cover their toes.

    Good luck,

  3. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    Quote:I agree and would go with the buckeyes!
  4. porkchop48

    porkchop48 Songster

    Jun 1, 2008
    Malta, OH
    Thank you for the information guys.
  5. Alaska animal lover

    Alaska animal lover Songster 10 Years

    Apr 30, 2008
    Palmer, Alaska
    I'm new at this too, and live in Alaska. I got Buff Orpingtons and Barred Rock. We also built our coop with insulation under the floor, in the walls, and ceiling. We also have power out there for heat lamps and keeping the water thawed out.
  6. morelcabin

    morelcabin Songster

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    Chanteclers were created for Canadian climate. Very small combs nad very hardy. They can be hard to find though. Another one that does well in Canada is the black sex link...apperently a very hardy bird. I have 3 of them right now, just chicks. I want to see how they do in the winter compared to the barred rocks I have
  7. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Songster

    Mar 6, 2008
    East Tennessee
    It all depends on what type of shelter they have. Any of the Wyandottes will be ok. If you are just wanting eggs then the Rose Comb Brown Leghorn will be fine. Can you let your chickens free range? Then they are more choices.
  8. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    Not sure about egg colors, but Chanteclers, Orpingtons, Wyandottes, Dominiques, Buckeyes, Javas and Norwegian Jaerhons are all known to be cold weather hardy.
  9. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Norwegian whatsa-whooses?

    NO offense, but WV winters won't present any insurmountable problems. Much of the leading poultry work has been pursued for years in places like Maine or Massachusets or Kansas - places with far more severe winters than WV.

    Oh, how we love to needlessly overcomplicate these things. For yard birds and brown eggs in WV, any plain old "regular" brown-egg breed will suffice nicely.

    Also, by using one of these standard breeds, you will need only the most basic of rearing plans. And you won't face the daunting task of finding "exotic" (expensive) breeds like Norwegian Jaegerhornenhoosen-thingies.

    Here're are just a few good old breeds to consider:

    Barred Rocks,
    New Hampshire Reds...

    Take a peek at this website for more information on these and other "brownies" -

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  10. coopist

    coopist Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    Midwest U.S.

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