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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mlecreason, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. mlecreason

    mlecreason Out Of The Brooder

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    My parents live in Wyoming where is gets VERY cold, and is VERY windy. They want chickens, and I'm looking to y'all for some suggestions on chickens that are very winter hardy, and also good layers. Any suggestions?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm in Wisconsin, we get nasty here too. I haven't found any breeds that can't handle our winters. Let them acclimate and house them properly. So depending on what else you require from your chickens most breeds will be fine. I would avoid any fancy breeds initially like silkies and polish. Any roosters with large combs will probably get frostbite on them, but the hens do fine.

    Most straight egg laying breeds are flighty but lay very well and eat less. Dual purpose birds eat more, lay a bit less but are more friendly.

    There are lots of nice breeds to choose from. I always recommend Barred rocks, buff Orpingtons and Australorp for friendly birds, and sex links, leghorns and Ancona for lots of eggs.
     
  3. Adalida

    Adalida Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in Montana and have buff and white Orpingtons, and new Hampshire Reds. They all did fine in the winter. They weren't crazy about walking on snow initially but they got used to it. I don't know if ducks are an option for your parents but those are some seriously cold hardy birds! My Rouens and Runners swam happily all winter long, even with ice floating in their pool.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    I always put down hay for mine to walk on in winter, otherwise they would never go outside. I'm impressed yours went out.
     

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