Polish - Winter Hardy?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lynzee63, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. lynzee63

    lynzee63 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,
    I have 6 beautiful polish girls..i just love them , they are the sweetest things. I live in Maryland, winters are not too bad but sometimes we do get a cold one. How do the polish fair in the cold - will I need to put some type of heat source in the coop?

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  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    One of my friends has a Polish. She does fine in temperatures as low as 0 F., with no problems. I think that your birds will be fine without a heat source. Just make sure that their crests don't get wet and freeze.
     
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    You might want to post in one of the big Polish threads over in the Breed, Genetics and Showing forum for more answers from people who have a lot of Polish. We do have some pet polish, live in Ohio so probably actually have a little colder weather than you do. We've never had a problem with cold and our Polish. Pretty much all adult chickens can deal with cold fine as long as they have a good draft free shelter. People in Alaska and northern Canada have chickens without giving them additional heating. The only thing I have seen with the Polish is if it rains then freezes or they get their crests wet in the water and the feathers freeze, I generally am sure to keep their crests trimmed away from their face pretty well, especially in the winter.
     
  4. lynzee63

    lynzee63 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh thanks so much. I do try and keep the bangs trimmed... :) I was just worried about the cold. I appreciate the information a great deal.
     

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