leghorn winter hardiness

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by rutabagazuma, Oct 4, 2007.

  1. rutabagazuma

    rutabagazuma New Egg

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    Oct 4, 2007
    Groton, MA
    I am new to chicken raising this year and am a little concerned about one of my new birds and how she will handle the New England winter. We took a 'mystery' chick that was packed with the MacMurray order that turned out to be a leghorn.

    Does anyone have any advice on keeping a leghorn in NE through the winter? Is there anything that I should have prepared for her? My coop is not drafty as best I can tell, but there is no insulation and I would prefer to not light/heat it if I can. My other birds are a Wyandotte, RI red and Australorp. Not worried about them, just the leghorn.
     
  2. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    Protect her comb, at temperatures below freezing it can become frostbit. when it gets really cold rub a little vasaline on it to help hold in her body heat. dont gob it on cause as they peck around it'll become all buggered up with dirt and shavings and anything else that can stick to it will.
     

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