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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mareview farm, Dec 7, 2008.
What are good breeds to survive cold maine winters?
Here's a chart that you can use to help you decide on breeds. If you'll look on the right side of the chart it lists which breeds are considered winter hardy and/or summer heat tolerant. Oh course I have to put in a plug for brahmas. Very sweet and calm birds and they love cold weather!
If you want a good layer and don't care if it's purebred, golden comets are great for your climate, which is nearly identical to mine!
Anything without the floppy comb would be goog.
Quote:We have a Buff Orpington, an Australorp and an Easter Egger and they all do fine in the cold. My Pet Chicken has a fun breed selection tool.
I live in SW Montana where the wind is always fierce and temps are often sub zero.
I have a Brahama, Barred Plymouth Rock, and Chanticler who are still laying in all this cold and short days in an insulated coop, that has no supplemental lighting and the go out everyday (free choice) no matter the temp.
I also have a Welsummer. The info was mixxed on if she was a good choice or not. She has done ok, but she stopped laying about about 10 1/2 hours of daylight. I will likely try to rehome her next year. Something tells me this is not a match made in heaven for her.