In the Brooder
- Aug 21, 2013
Can anyone help me identify this pullet? I can't seem to figure out what breed it is.
I'm not sure on the breed. It is most likely that she is mixed. Or, it is possible that she is a Black Sex-Link with a lot of orange/tan. I'm leaning towards her just being a barnyard mix, though.
This one is a Rhode Island Red I believe:
Yes, she's probably a Rhode Island Red, or a Production Red (a hybrid of various "red" breeds that lay a lot of eggs).
What are their temp requirements? I'm wondering if I'll need supplemental heat in the coop in the winter, or supplemental light to keep them laying?
I agree with donrae about the heat, they don't need it unless the temperatures fall well below zero, such as twenty below. Just make sure they don't have any drafts, but that you also have good ventilation to keep moisture from building up in the coop. It's the combination of moisture and cold that causes frostbite, not cold alone.don't supplement heat, they don't need it. Chickens were around long before electricity and did just fine. The fire hazard it too great, plus what happens when your birds aren't acclimated to the cold and the power goes out?
My experience is first year pullets lay all winter long, regardless of light. Chicks bought in spring 2013 usually start laying in the fall and lay right through until fall 2014 when they molt and take a break. I don't supplement light, I feel it's important for the hens' bodies to take that break for a few months.