Modern Game Bantams--Cold Hardiness

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by cjvdub, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. cjvdub

    cjvdub Out Of The Brooder

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    I went to the Northeast Poultry Congress hoping to buy some hens. My girlfriend came with and really loved the modern game bantams. Well, I didn't get any hens, but we came home with a pair of modern games. I've had chickens my whole life, but never these little games. I heard they aren't real cold hardy, but don't know what that means.

    They're supposed to live in our approximately 5'x5' insulated coop (there is also an enclosed attached run). I have an light fixture wired into it that I can put a heat lamp on, but haven't needed it with the chickens I currently have.

    The coop currently has a mix of banties and large fowl, 1 silkie, 1 showgirl, & 2 light brahma cross pullets. So my question is will the body heat plus the insulation be enough for them in Eastern Massachusetts (the coldest we ever get is maybe -5)?

    We are usually in the teens and twenties at night now. Will they typically handle that, or will they need extra heat? Right now they are in the house, until I can get them acclimated to the other chickens, but that will need to end soon.

    Thanks,

    corey
     
  2. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    I live in upstatw NY where temps of -20f are not uncommon. Modern Game Bantams do fine here.
     
  3. cjvdub

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    Thanks, that makes things a lot easier.
     

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