Sicilian Buttercups

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by KaOsFarm, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. KaOsFarm

    KaOsFarm In the Brooder

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    I ordered chicks from Meyer Hatchery and ended up getting the adopt me bargain. One of them ended up being a Sicilian Buttercup. I have been reading that they do poorly in the cold. What can I do? I wish I could keep it but I'm not sure if I'm a good enough chicken owner to trust myself with a breed like this. I was thinking that I could sell it at a local fair once it was old enough. How much would you sell it for? If I do keep it what should I do to keep it healthy through the winter?
    I live in New Hampshire.
     
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  2. Gdove419

    Gdove419 Chirping

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    Can you put a heat lamp in your coop? I have one in mine. When I first put my chickens out, it was still cold at night and I had read varying things on what to do when temps are cold at night. So we have a heat lamp out in the coop and if it is really cold we plug it in. We recently put some younger birds out too, 8 week olds, and the heat has been off. Everyone has been warm. Maybe you could try supplemental heat for really cold nights?
     
  3. keesmom

    keesmom Crowing

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    We've had Buttercups for 3 years with no issues and I'm not that far from you.
     
  4. lomine

    lomine Crowing

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    I got a Buttercup from Meyer as a rare breed. She did just fine over the winter. If you like her, you should keep her.
     
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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Some birds of any breed will refuse to go out in snow & cold- while their hatch mates might love the white stuff. I don't think as a breed all would hide inside. Chickens have down coats and can take cold much better than heat. Also a good run should have a solid cover which will offer some protection from the elements, as well as from raptors and climbing preds.

    I think if they don't end up soaking wet - they will be fine in cold weather
     
  6. Granny Hatchet

    Granny Hatchet Tastes like chicken

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    How come some of you warmer peeps dont have these guys ?
     
  7. Granny Hatchet

    Granny Hatchet Tastes like chicken

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    Its just the comb they worry about getting frost bit.
     
  8. Gdove419

    Gdove419 Chirping

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    I love your pics! Such beautiful birds. I would love to add some of these to my flock!
     
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  9. Granny Hatchet

    Granny Hatchet Tastes like chicken

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    Not mine. I stole them from google. LOL
     
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  10. ChickenLady2014

    ChickenLady2014 Crossing the Road

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    Loved my Sicilian Buttercup Roo I had years ago.
     
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