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  1. sschicken

    sschicken Hatching

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    Looking for dual breeds that will do well free range in east texan
     

  2. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
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  3. sschicken

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    Thank you. Hoping to get an idea of what breeds will do on in winters this and our hot months here in east Texas. What is the best way to raise meat chickens as well?
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

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    Greetings from Kansas, sschicken, and [​IMG]! Pleased to have you here! Not sure what you are asking when you say the best way to raise meat chickens. Do you mean a coop or a tractor?
    On the various breeds from which to choose - you'll likely have no concerns about the winter - chickens handle cold with ease. Heat, however, can be a killer. Still, just about any breed will do okay if provided with cool, fresh water, access to breeze, and most importantly, shade. The Mediterranean breeds...Leghorns, Minorcas, Anconas, etc., with their large combs do well in high temps as heat is regulated out through their comb. But other breeds will thrive if the above conditions are met. You might check out this chart to explore some breeds. Good luck to you!

    http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html
     

  5. sschicken

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    Thank you. Basically is it better to raise in a coop or is it ok to let them have free range.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
     
  7. sschicken

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    What's the best care for Bantums in winter. It can get in 20 s here but not for long periods of time. Worried what to do with my girls feathered feet this winter? Lol. They have an enclosed hen house in a large fenced enclosure is that enough?
     

  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

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    [​IMG] I think as long as the coop is draft free and has good ventilation they should be okay. I know the two seem to be at odds with each other but, a flock of chickens can produce a lot of heat when they are inside, if you don't have good ventilation - moisture forms - and the chickens get frostbitten.
     
  9. sschicken

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    Yes the nesting area and roost area is ventilated yet draft free. Prays girls feathers feet will be safe Think I will try and build onto their condo for extra space lol
     

  10. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster 5 Years

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    Welcome to the site and best of luck to you!
     

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