The Hardiest of Breeds...

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Gresh, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. Gresh

    Gresh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another question from me! I was wondering if any of you could give me suggestions on chicken breeds that not only do well in heat but also do well in cold. I live in North Carolina and temps are not extremely low in winter, but do get cold; and our summers are killers, though not as severe as say Texas or Florida. I was thinking of Langshans, Brahmas, or Dominiques, but do not know what kind of extremes they can take. If anyone knows, or has any other breed suggestions, please feel free to share!

    Thanks!
     
  2. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

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    Buckeyes, Chanteclers, RC R.I. Reds, Dominiques, just to name a few.

    I think Dominiques would be best for hot, hot weather. I do know of a person on Alabama that has Buckeyes & no problems.
     
  3. gootziecat

    gootziecat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another breed that does fine in hot weather are the Naked Necks. My Orpington seems to be taking the heat better than my Doms.
     
  4. LindsayB

    LindsayB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My easter eggers do great in the heat but we don't have the cold temps that last very long like up north. I've heard their pea combs make them less likely to get frostbite.
     
  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Rhode Island Red's, Dominiques, Gamefowl, Buckeyes, Chanteclers, Plymouth Rocks, or Java would do well were you are at.

    Chris
     
  6. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Orpingtons & Delaweares do good, or at least mine do. & I am in NC. to.
     
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  7. WallTenters

    WallTenters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dominiques are excellent in all kinds of weather. [​IMG]
     
  8. Gresh

    Gresh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone for your suggestions! [​IMG] I'm surprised at some of them, particularly the Easter Eggers, the Chanteclers, and the Orpingtons being heat-hardy, but having never owned the breeds before, I really don't have a reason to doubt you. I really like Easter Eggers and Chanteclers because of their unique build and looks. I also like the suggestions on the Buckeyes: I myself have two Buckeyes (chicks) and am looking forward to their future hardiness. I like Dominiques, but have heard that they are difficult to breed true.
    Thanks again, and if anyone has anymore suggestions or experience comments, feel free to share!

    God bless!
     
  9. WallTenters

    WallTenters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not go with EEs, because an EE is any Americauna cross. So how would you know if you're going to get a hardy bird? They're always going to have hybrid vigor, but sometimes that only gets them so far.
     
  10. Gresh

    Gresh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's a good point. I don't know where you can really get pure Americaunas, except from a breeder who sells for high prices. I understand hatcheries like to use "Easter Egger" and "Americauna" interchangeably, but that that is actually deceptive 'cause EE's aren't true Americaunas. Do you know of a hatchery that sells pure Americaunas?
     

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