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Looking for winter hardy chikens - Ontario

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by tangochick, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. tangochick

    tangochick New Egg

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    Just starting out and looking for winter hardy egg laying chickens. This winter is harsh so want chickens that can take the harsh winters. I am already planning for my new coop to handle cold weather. But need advise on which breeds are best!
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! You might want to check out your state thread, or places with similar climates, in the Where Am I Where Are You forum to see what works for people in your area. The Henderson chicken breed chart compares some popular breeds, including cold hardiness http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html
     
  3. Joshua G

    Joshua G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with Kelsie2290, see what breeds other people from your area have.

    Chickens with large combs tend to get frostbite in extremely cold weather.
     
  4. tangochick

    tangochick New Egg

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    Thanks will do!
     
  5. cmonkey4

    cmonkey4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! EEs, Orpingtons, Plymouth rocks, and austrolorps are all good cold hardy breeds.
     
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Good luck with your new flock so far north! I am such a freeze baby, just thinking about Ontario makes me cold!

    Great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
     
  7. tangochick

    tangochick New Egg

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    Thank you. I will look into these breeds. Just to add to my wish list and since I am just starting out am looking for good natured birds.
     
  8. Triple Willow

    Triple Willow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If i lived where you do I would go with a bird with a rose or a pea comb. Single combed birds are very succeptable to frostbite. Three of my single comb roosters suffered some frostbite this year and I'm sure it gets a whole lot colder where you are. I suggest a Wyandotte which has a rose comb.

    http://m.www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/white_wyandottes.html
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to the flock [​IMG]
     

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