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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by nancyestrout, Feb 24, 2015.

  1. nancyestrout

    nancyestrout New Egg

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    My name is Nancy. I live in Maine. We have many feet of snow. Thinking about raising chickens. Will they survive Maine winters?
     
  2. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    Morning Nancy and welcome to BYC!

    There are a lot of members here that have very cold winter weather and their chickens do fine. When you choose the breed(s) of birds you want, be sure they are winter hardy, also, smaller combs are less likely to get frostbite in frigid weather. This chart may help you choose the birds right for your area:
    http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html

    You may want to go say hi to the Maine members and find out what they suggest for breeds and how they deal with your weather:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1370/maine

    Good luck to you!
     
  3. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello [​IMG] and Welcome to BYC from Northern Virginia! [​IMG]

    Glad to have you join our community! NothFLChick has given you great advice! Just a warning! We chat A LOT about chickens [​IMG]! This site has a lot of great information about chickens and other different

    poultry. Hope you like it as much as we do!
     
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    NorthFLchick gave you good links. We also have Superchemicalgirl who is very good at enduring the Maine winters - and still has a great sense of humor.
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.

    Chickens usually survive in cold weather quite well. The most important thing is keeping them out of drafts, and preventing moisture build up in the coop. If you choose cold hardy breeds with small combs, you'll have even fewer problems.[​IMG]
     
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  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  8. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC!
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

    The other posters have already given you some good advice. [​IMG]
     
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    The best way to insure your chickens do well in the winter is to be sure you pick cold hardy breeds and build your coop properly. Buff orpingtons, black australorps, sussex, cochins, wyandotte, sex links and easter eggers are all some examples of cold hardy chicken breeds.

    Here is a link on coop building
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/housing-and-feeding-your-chickens

    Good luck!
     

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