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Production reds OK in cold?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by AuntieE, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. AuntieE

    AuntieE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, after researching the characteristics, temperments, etc of RIRs I bought 4 from a man reducing his flock. He assured me they were RIRs, and I think he really believed it, too. They were only 6 weeks when I got them, so I didn't notice a problem. Now they are about 6 months, and I'm sure they're production reds. I don't mind- they are sweet girls and are starting to lay well. They only thing I noticed when I researched them is that they are heat-tolerant. My other breeds I chose because I wanted cold-tolerant birds. I live in central PA, and we get lots of snow, ice and cold. I'm concerned they might not tolerate it well. Anybody have any experience with PRs in cold climates?

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  2. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

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    Mine did fine, we just blocked them from the wind and snow, no insulation.

    Mitch
     
  3. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Mine did fine and you just might have to put some vasceline on their combs to keep them from getting frost bite. You just slather it on.
     
  4. AuntieE

    AuntieE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the replies and suggestions. [​IMG]

    I'll definitely do the vaseline on their combs, and luckily dh built a great coop that will keep them out of the elements, and still have good ventilation.



    Have a great day!
     

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