Production reds OK in cold?

AuntieE

Chirping
8 Years
Mar 11, 2011
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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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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.
 

AuntieE

Chirping
8 Years
Mar 11, 2011
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Philipsburg, PA
Thanks for the replies and suggestions.
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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.



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