What chickens are cold hardy, gentle.....

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by andbab, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. andbab

    andbab Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a three year old daughter who runs my life. I plan on getting rir or isa brown chicks but she wants white chickens not brown [​IMG]. So my question is which chickens are white and cold hardy, not flighty and decent layers. I figure I can humor her seeing as I want to get chickens so that she can learn bout them and we can have some fun at the same time. Thanks
  2. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
    Get her a pretty little white bantam cochin. It looks like a cotton ball, very docile and will enjoy being held by little hands.

    from nebrasak to BYC!
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2009
  3. mistylady

    mistylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2008
    Ohio near Coshocton
    We have Dominiques but they are grey/white speckled. They are great cold weather birds. Look for a rose comb - they don't freeze as bad.

    On this website http://www.mypetchicken.com/ go to the bottom left side in tools and click breed selection.

    Oh and the Doms are lap chickens. They beg to be petted and sit on your lap if you let them. Hard to clean the coop with them around though ... they want to talk!
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2009
  4. cariboujaguar

    cariboujaguar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2009
  5. chantecler

    chantecler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2008
    Moncton New Brunswick
    Hey All

    i recommend Chanteclers. They come in white, partridge and buff. They are a Canadian breed developped in Quesbec in the early 1900s. They are very winter hardy and lay year round. Mine are very friendly and easy to keep.

    There a several breeders in western Canada too.

    Check out the Canadian breeder discussion in the Breeders section.

    BTW [​IMG]

  6. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    I've had Barred Rocks hens a couple of times and presently. They are friendly, don't have much trouble in cold weather, and they lay well.

    Lately, I've been thinking about the other colors of Plymouth Rocks. They certainly come in White [​IMG].

  7. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2007
    Chickens with smaller type combs are generally the breeds that are the cold hardy. Pea comb and rose comb for example. White Wyandottes would be a good choice. If black and white is ok, then Light Brahmas would also be a good choice.

  8. FrizzleFreak

    FrizzleFreak Chillin' With My Peeps

    White Orpingtons are pretty hardy too. They are very sweet and intelligent.
    Also, White Cochins would be cool. They are very cuddly!
    P.S. the best way to convert her to whatever color you want is to show her pictures of different colors. I personally love splashes, blues and blacks.
  9. andbab

    andbab Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've tried showing her different chickens. Speckled, black, blue, browns and reds she is set on the grumpy chickens which was what I told her the leghorns were. Cause they are flighty thought that would discourage her. Nope she wants grumpy chickens. [​IMG]
  10. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    COCHINS< COCHINS< COCHINS!!!!!!! They are a must have!!!!!!!! My 3 year old can ride on one if she wants, they don't care. Even the roosters are sweet, get her some cochins!!! Go, now, don't wait LOL.

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