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What constitutes "hardy in winter"?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JennsPeeps, Dec 5, 2008.

  1. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I'm planning to add 3 girls to my wee flock in the spring. I want decent layers who are friendly. I'm considering between these varieties:

    1. Wyandotte
    2. Maran
    3. Australorp
    4. Buff Orp
    5. Silkie (aw, what backyard flock is complete without one?)
    6. Easter Egger

    Marans are listed as not being winter hardy. I live in WA state - the wet side, not the cold side. Typical winter temps are in the high 30-40s. Are Marans OK in those temps?


    Edited b/c I didn't complete my sentence...
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2008
  2. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    Winter hardy (IMO) = large bodied birds with small combs.
    From your list we have had or currently have all except the Marans and havent experienced problems with any of them.
  3. chickenma

    chickenma Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    I don't have a wynadotte yet but the rest are doing pretty good in the cold weather in NC . It's freezin and my EE just start laying eggs.
    They don't have heat or extra light. They all look pretty happy.
    Before I buy my chickens I always check if they are hardy in winter and heat tolerant because it can be pretty hot here.
    Good luck [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2008
  4. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess 10 Years

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Quote:Marans will be fine in WA state. England is very cold and wet in winter and they are a very popular breed there. I can personally vouche for the Wyandottes, Australorps and Buff Orps as well. The other two I have no experience with. I hope perhaps this helps some [​IMG] Good luck, whatever your choice turns out to be.
  5. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Songster

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    I only have silkies and they are without a heated coop they have plenty of nice dry hay and so far they are doing good. This will be my first winter with chickens so I hope everyone is fine. So far so good.
  6. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    Define cold... so far what I've seen here stated as 'cold' isn't really all that cold. [​IMG]
  7. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    Quote:Exactly! [​IMG]
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Rose combs and pea combs trump floppy combs in the cold.

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